VA Official Accused Of Stealing $130,000 To Be Reinstated

VA Official Accused Of Stealing $130,000 To Be Reinstated

February 01, 2016

VA Official Accused Of Stealing $130,000 To Be Reinstated

The VA official accused of stealing $130,000 from taxpayers has been given her job back after a judge's ruling last week. This decision, which one lawmaker called an insult, means the VA official may also receive $50,000 which was the pay cut she should have received from her original demotion.

And yes, you read that right - Kimberly Graves who was accused of taxpayer fraud never lost her job. She was only demoted. And this was the second time she had been demoted as originally the VA lost paperwork and her first, like her second, demotion was overturned.

As you may remember, The inspector general said in a report this fall that Rubens and Graves forced lower-ranking regional managers to accept job transfers against their will. Rubens and Graves then stepped into the vacant positions themselves, keeping their pay while reducing their responsibilities.

VA Demotion Overturned; Second VA Official Awaits Hearing

No one ever denied the two VA officials took the money - over $400,000 combined. However, the VA said it was just an "error in judgement" and not fraud. They were then able to avoid criminal prosecution and keep their jobs at the VA.

That is when the whole "demotion" circus started. Now Kimberley Graves' demotion is overturned and a hearing for Rubens was set for today to see if her demotion will be upheld.

After the judge' decision her attorney told Government Executive, “Ms. Graves is happy the action was reversed, and she looks forward to continuing her life’s work serving veterans.”

From all the news we've read, that statement should read that the VA official looks forward to providing a disservice to veterans by stealing from American taxpayers.

Rep. Jeff Miller, a Republican from Florida, said Kimberly Graves' successful appeal of her demotion from director of the agency's Philadelphia regional office is an insult "to the many dedicated VA employees who do the right thing on a daily basis."

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4 Responses

Amy
Amy

February 22, 2016

I worked for a VA. You’d be Amazed at what goes on! The Government doesn’t give a SHIT..about OUR VETS, or The American People! The Rich and Crooked get Away with EVERYTHING!!

OBAMA go back to what ever COUNTRY YOUR FROM..AND LET’S FIND SOMEONE WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT MAKING CHANGES FOR THE GOOD OF THE PEOPLE!!

Whitney Staley
Whitney Staley

February 22, 2016

WTF is going on here, why is the women allowed to walk the streets. Obama are you seeing this, Trump when things like this happen when your in office are you going to do anything about it? or just let them walk away and nothing happen to them.

CYNTHIA
CYNTHIA

February 22, 2016

Ludicrous, pay tax payers back and help those vets that need good homes and so much more to live out their lives, like the gentleman my mom and I been trying to get him out of the hell home/ prison he could afford that leaves him to live on maybe $50 dollars a month after payment of his cell he is in!

Christa Hoisington
Christa Hoisington

February 22, 2016

Damn, no wonder VA doesn’t have the funds for anything. I’d love to make that much money and still keep my job. Cn I get a job at VA?

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