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Oversight Report Finds Crack Dealing, Sexting, Manslaughter By VA Employees
CNS News ^ | 7/2/2014 | Lauretta Brown

Posted on 07/02/2014 3:10:49 AM PDT by markomalley

An oversight report of the Veterans Administration (VA) released last week by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is full of examples of “egregious employee misconduct” ranging from skipping work and stealing a crucifix from the neck of a dying veteran to crack dealing, sexting, manslaughter and conspiring to “kidnap, rape and murder women and children.”

The report, “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA,” is “based on a year-long investigation of VA hospitals around the nation that chronicled the inappropriate conduct and incompetence within the VA that led to well-documented deaths and delays,” according to Sen. Coburn’s office.

The report contains so many shocking instances of VA employee misconduct that the senator’s office released a “Top 10 Outrageous VA Behaviors” list summarizing some of the more striking instances of employee misconduct, with a sex offender and a crack dealer topping the list.

Jose Bejar, a male neurologist with the Kansas VA in Topeka, lost his medical license and was registered as a sex offender after five female veterans filed sexual misconduct charges against him in 2011. He was placed on paid administrative leave for two years before pleading no contest to “conducting inappropriate pelvic and breast examinations on patients.”

The “Top 10” list also cites the findings of a 2011 Inspector General’s report on Patrick McNulty, “a VA employee in Massachusetts, [who] was arrested for selling illegal drugs to patients “he was responsible for supervising” while they were receiving therapy for substance abuse.

A VA patient told authorities that McNulty was selling cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy to patients at the VA Medical Center in Bedford. He was secretly recorded bragging about his ability to procure drugs from two different gangs, once stating, “I can get coke like it’s nothing. I can get more coke all day.”

In 2012, McNulty was sentenced to three months community confinement in a halfway house, followed by three months of home confinement and three years of probation.

David Lewis, another VA employee, used his position to access veterans’ personal information and used it to file fake tax returns “in exchange for crack cocaine ”while working at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

Lewis was sentenced to six years in federal prison and ordered to pay back the $105,271 in tax refunds he fraudulently collected.

Coburn’s report also relates the story of Maria Whitt, a nurse working at a VA Hospital in Kentucky, who was “charged with killing a World War II veteran and eventually admitted fault with very little consequence.”

The 90-year-old veteran, Jesse Lee Chain, died from a lethal overdose of morphine administered by Whitt. “At least two other veterans cared for by the same nurse died under suspicious circumstances” after being given morphine, according to a special agent with the VA Inspector General (IG), the report notes.

But Whitt was only sentenced to “time served of eight days” after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in January 2011.

The VA also rehired an employee who was responsible for a drunk driving incident that resulted in the death of a co-worker, according to the report.

Texas VA financial manager Jeff Fillingham was "arrested after drinikng and driving while using a government vehicle, during which his colleague, Amy Wheat, fell from the moving vehicle and died."

Fillingham resigned after the incident, but he was rehired by the VA and currently makes over $100,000 despite being the focus of a criminal investigation, the report noted.

VA employees were also caught using agency computers inappropriately.

“On more than one occasion, employees at multiple VA medical centers were found to have used their work computers to watch child pornography,” the Coburn report found.

"Just this year, a former VA employee in New York plead guilty to accessing child pornography websites using VA systems after an IG and local police investigation,” it added.

Another VA employee who “downloaded Skype software on his VA work computer and used it to sext his friends,”also misused thousands in travel funds, the report noted. After he admitted his behavior was “out of control,” the VA responded by putting the misbehaving employee on paid administrative leave, according to the report.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government

1 posted on 07/02/2014 3:10:49 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

So there was no time to attend to their job.

No accountability.

Just flowing money, and abdication of responsibility.

Anyone in jail yet?
Or for the IRS atrocity?
or for the NSA atrocity?
or for the Boston Atrocity coverup?
or for Fast&Furious?
or for Benghazi?
or for arming al Qaeda or its spinoff?
or for ANYTHING?

2 posted on 07/02/2014 3:12:41 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Diogenesis

Obama and Democrats are LAW-LESS because Republican “leaders” are BALL-LESS!!!

3 posted on 07/02/2014 3:19:31 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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