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Miller: VA Refusal to Recoup Relocation Money a “VA Seal of Approval” for Corruption and Fraud

Nov 24, 2015

WASHINGTON — Yesterday Chairman Miller wrote to VA Sec. Robert McDonald, urging him reconsider VA’s refusal to recoup more than $400,000 that two VA employees defrauded from the government. Today, Chairman Miller released the letter along with the following statement:

 

“VA’s handling of this situation effectively gives corruption and fraud among department employees an official VA seal of approval. Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves defrauded the government of a total of more than $400,000. An inspector general report proves this is the case. That’s why VA’s refusal to recoup the massive, taxpayer-funded relocation payments Rubens and Graves benefitted from is utterly inexplicable and downright indefensible. Such blatant fiscal irresponsibility and disregard for taxpayer money would be nearly impossible to believe if it had happened anywhere other than VA. By openly tolerating corruption of this scale, VA’s top leaders are only encouraging more dishonesty and fraud among the department’s workforce. That’s why I am calling on VA leaders to reconsider their decision and immediately take steps to recover this money on behalf of the veterans and taxpayers they are charged with serving.” – Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 

View the letter here.

 

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