WASTE WATCH - Fraud Let Veterans Claims Fall Through the Cracks, VA Investigation says
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 09:46 PM CST
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Tenn. - A local veteran's service representative allegedly stole more than $100,000 from veterans, according to an investigation by the office of the VA Inspector General.
The report says the unnamed employee frequently "traveled whenever and wherever he wanted," used a government expense card to buy liquor and entertain "female companions," and on one occasion bought $170 worth of personal items at Target.
"It should be treasonous especially when you talk about the amount of people that are affected," said J.C. Smith of Operation Stand Down Nashville. "Not just the veterans but the veterans' families as well."
The report also says the man moved to Washington D.C. Fenruary, 2013 even though he was officially stationed in Nashville, which resulted in a number of veterans claims falling through the cracks.
"Causing delays in veterans receiving the benefits, that's pretty low," said Kirk Matteson, veteran.
The report also says the VA employee also used his government laptop to send sexually explicit images to women.
"It's very disrespectful," Matteson said. "It's very un-American. It's really disturbing how he even got into that position of authority."
A VA spokesperson says the department is reviewing the investigation to see what if any action the department will take against the employee.
The report says the director of the VA Center for Innovation resigned.
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