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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
VA Execs Demoted, But Get To Keep Their Jobs And Fraud Money
"Corruptus in Extremis"
The borders are still wide open and the corpses of American veterans are still piling up from substandard medical care. . . . Translation: It is business as usual in Washington.
(Daily Caller) - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, both implicated in a fraudulent scheme which netted $400,000, were demoted, but not fired, and will keep taxpayer money.
Despite the inspector general making criminal referrals regarding the actions of Rubens and Graves, VA will not take any action to recover the fraudulently-obtained funds. Although Rubens and Graves have been demoted to general employee status, they still each make over $100,000 per year. To make matters worse, Graves was awarded a bonus of over $8,000 this year.
“Apparently, actions that result in referral of criminal charges to the Department of Justice are not serious enough to merit being fired at the VA,” Concerned Veterans for America CEO Pete Hegseth said in a statement.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, ranking member on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, asked in October for the DOJ to launch a criminal probe into $403,000 worth of relocation benefits sent to VA officials Rubens and Graves. The two execs, according to the inspector general, pressured subordinates to transfer positions so Rubens and Graves could then fill them and receive a generous bonus and relocation benefits. Blumenthal did not respond to a request for comment by press time regarding the demotion of Rubens and Graves.