- The Honorable Michael Missal assumes leadership role at VA OIG
The VA Office of Inspector General welcomed Mr. Michael Missal, who was sworn in today by Mr. Robert McDonald, Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the Office of Inspector General (OIG). Mr. Missal was nominated to be the Inspector General by President Barack Obama on October 05, 2015, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on April 19, 2016.
- Pennsylvania Man Charged In Alleged $35 Million Fraud Against Veterans’ Education GI Bill
Pennsylvania man orchestrated a scheme to defraud the Department of Veterans Affairs and veterans by charging ten to thirty times the actual cost of online correspondence courses through a subcontractor.
- Two Individuals Plead Guilty in Conspiracy to Defraud Over Ten Federal Agencies
These two individuals defrauded over 100 contractors and various government agencies in an elaborate surety bond scheme.
- Warner Chilcott Sentenced to Pay $125 Million for Health Care Fraud Scheme
Warner Chilcott to pay $125 million for illegally marketing pharmaceuticals and providing kickbacks to physicians from 2009 through 2013.
- Retired Funeral Director Pleads Guilty To Submitting Fraudulent Claims To The Veterans Administration
- Federal Workers Compensation Kickback Conspirators Plead Guilty
Two conspirators face up to five years in prison related to a kickback scheme netting over $1 million.
- The Hayner Hoyt Corporation To Pay $5 Million To Resolve False Claims Act Liability
Coordinated effort among the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, VA-OIG, SBA-OIG, and DCIS results in $5 million penalty for exploiting a contracting program designed to assist service-disabled veterans.
- Former Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Sentenced to 60 months in prison for Altering and Falsifying VA Computer Records
Alteration of medical records by former nurse results in appropriate medical treatment being withheld from veteran, who subsequently passed away.
- Founders of Film School for Wounded Veterans Sentenced to Prison
Husband and wife capitalized on the misfortune of wounded marines now face prison time and fines.
- Former Director of Phoenix VA Hospital Pleads Guilty
VA Office of Inspector General and Federal Bureau of Investigations assist the Department of Justice in attaining a guilty plea and holding the former VAMC Phoenix Director accountable.
- Former VA Nurse Pleads Guilty To Stealing Controlled Substance From Hospital Syringes
Nurse pleads guilty to stealing controlled substance from veterans in hospice care to feed personal addiction.
- Former Goodwill Employee Charged in Scheme to Steal VA Grant Money
Two individuals face conspiracy charges in connection with grants fraud.
- Veterans Affairs Official Sentenced for Accepting Gifts in Relation to His Job Duties
Contracting Officer sentenced in connection with accepting prepaid vacation packages while in a position to exert influence.
- Shasta County Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding the VA by Falsely Claiming He Was a Decorated Veteran
Stolen Valor— Shasta County Man pleads guilty to 23 misdemeanor counts in scheme to illegally obtain benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Blythewood Man Convicted of Massive Government Fraud
South Carolina man could face up to 20 years of imprisonment, fines up to $500,000 and forfeiture of more than $1.5 million dollars in connection with a fraudulent disability claim.
- Federal Jury Convicts North Carolina Couple Of Fraud
Husband and wife conspired to defraud federal contract programs for disadvantaged and disabled veteran-owned small businesses
- A Department of Veterans Affairs Nurse Convicted of Falsifying Medical Records and Computer Fraud
Former Nurse at Miami VA Medical Center Pled Guilty To Altering Records of Deceased Patient Who Received Poor Care
- California Medical Device Maker Settles Allegations it Improperly Compensated VA Podiatrists
OIG Investigations Into Sunnyvale, CA, Manufacturer’s Influence in Procurement Process Leads to $3M Payment To VA
- U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Collects Over $ 255 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2015
US Attorney for Northern District of Georgia Cites Recovery from Joint Veterans Affairs OIG/Social Security Administration OIG Case as One of Largest FY 2015 Criminal Collections
- Warner Chilcott Agrees to Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud Scheme and Pay $125 Million
Joint VA OIG, HHS OIG, DODIG, OPM OIG, FBI, and FDA Investigation of Illegal Promotion of Osteoporosis Drugs Leads to $125M Settlement from Pharmaceutical Company, Settlement of Healthcare Fraud Scheme Will Return Funds to VA for Continued Care of Veteran
- Former Federal Employee Labor Union President Indicted In White Plains Federal Court For Stealing Union Funds
US Attorney for Southern District of New York Recognizes Joint OIG - Department of Labor Investigation in Indictment of Former VA Union President Who Allegedly Misused $120,000 in Union Funds
- Missouri Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
20-Month Prison Sentence, $30K Judgment for Blue Springs, MO, Woman Whose Family Business Fraudulently Obtained $6.7M in Set-Aside Contracts Intended for Veteran Entrepreneurs
- Millennium Laboratories to Pay $256 Million to Resolve False Billing and Kickback Claims
$256M Settlements Result from Joint Investigation of San Diego Laboratory for Medically Unnecessary Drug and Genetic Testing
- East Greenbush Nurse Indicted, Accused Of Obtaining Controlled Substance From Hospital Syringes
Albany, NY, VA Medical Center LPN Faces Prison Time, Fine If Convicted for Tampering with Oxycodone Hydrochloride Syringes
- A Statement from the Deputy Inspector General - VA OIG Review of Anonymous Complaint Finds That Two VBA Senior Executives Inappropriately Used Their Positions for Personal and Financial Benefit, and That VBA Misused VA’s Relocation Program
Washington, DC – The Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs requested the VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigate allegations concerning financial benefits and preference given at VA. An anonymous complainant alleged that Ms. Diana Rubens, Philadelphia VA Regional Office (VARO) Director, improperly received $288,206.77 in relocation expenses for transferring from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Headquarters to her current position at the VARO and retained her high-level Senior Executive Service (SES) salary, despite the position being two levels lower on VA’s SES pay scale. We were also asked to conduct a broader review of VA’s Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Relocation program. Our investigation substantiated the allegations. The OIG issued its report http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-15-02997-526.pdf on September 28, 2015.
- Essex County, New Jersey, Man Admits Defrauding Veterans Affair
New Jersey Man Who Submitted False Information on Military Service Pleads Guilty To Receiving Over $150K in VA Disability Benefits
- A Statement from the Deputy Inspector General - VA OIG Substantiates Whistleblower’s Claims of Extensive, Persistent Problems in Veterans Health Care Enrollment Records
- A Statement from the VA Deputy Inspector General - VA Deputy Inspector General Announces Selections for Chief of Staff for Healthcare Oversight Integration and Assistant Inspector General for Audits and Evaluations
- Former Executive Convicted of Bribing Former Director of Cleveland VA Medical Center
OIG, FBI Investigation Results in Conviction of Design Contractor Who Received Inside Information from Former VA Executive
- A Statement from the Deputy Inspector General - OIG Conducts Surprise Inspections of VBA Regional Offices After Identifying Inappropriate Shredding Practices at the Los Angeles Regional Office
Washington, DC – The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (OIG) received an anonymous allegation that staff at the Los Angeles VA Regional Office (VARO) were inappropriately shredding documents related to veterans’ disability compensation claims. The complainant also alleged that supervisors were instructing staff to shred these documents. The OIG immediately deployed a team of inspectors to determine the merits of these allegations.
- Hull Resident Arrested and Charged with Theft of Government Funds
Massachusetts Man Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison if Found Guilty in Theft of $40,000 in VA Benefits
- VA Employee Charged With Falsifying Medical Records Of Numerous Veterans
Grand Jury Returns 50-Count Indictment Against VA Supervisor Who Falsified Consults at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Indictment Based on Investigation by OIG Special Agents, Assisted by OIG Healthcare Inspections Clinical Staff.
- Mercer County, New Jersey, Woman Sentenced To 37 Months In Prison For Paying $671,000 In Bribes To Fraudulently Obtain Government Construction Contracts
New Jersey US Attorney’s Office Credits VA OIG, FBI and IRS-Criminal for Investigation Leading to Sentencing in Bribery Case
- Founders of Film School for Wounded Veterans Found Guilty of Conspiracy, Fraud,
Jury Convicts San Diego Filmmakers Who Used Wounded Marines Foundation Funds for Vacations and Personal Expenses Following Investigation by OIG and IRS-Criminal
- Former Warner Chilcott Sales Manager Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud
New Jersey Drug Company District Manager Faces Prison, Fine for Scheme To Deceive Govt To Pay for Osteoporosis Drug
- Veterans’ Cemetery Worker to Plead Guilty to Stealing Gravestones
Rhode Island Man Who Stole 150 Grave Markers Agrees to Guilty Plea Following VA OIG & State Police Investigation
- Former Department Of Veterans Affairs Official Sentenced To 46 Months In Prison For Taking $1.2 Million In Kickbacks
New Jersey US Attorney Credits VA OIG, FBI, & IRS CID for Investigation Leading to 46-Month Prison Sentence for Former VA East Orange, NJ Engineer
- Tax Fraudster Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence
Tampa Man Who Used Names Stolen from VA To File $3M in False Tax Returns Gets 27 Yrs in Prison, Ordered To Pay Restitution
- Three People Arrested in Puerto Rico in a Contractor Major Scheme to Defraud the U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
“Rent-a-Vet” Scheme To Obtain Multi-Million Contracts Set Aside for Disabled Veterans Results in 5-Count Indictment Against Trio in Puerto Rico
- Former VA Contractor Sentenced To Prison In Connection With Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
Judge Hands Down 6 Yrs+ Sentence for Tampa Man Who Stole Documents from James A. Haley VA Hospital
- Six Individuals Sentenced For Fraudlent Schemes Against The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Tennessee Residents Who Falsified 464 VA Travel Claims Get 26 Months in Prison, 4 Years’ Probation, 15 years of Supervised Release, 300 Hours of Community Service, and Ordered To Pay Restitution
- Central Coast Company Pays $1 Million To Resolve Allegations Of Lying To Obtain Service-Disabled Veteran Contracts
Settlement Demonstrates OIG’s Continued Commitment To Aggressively Pursue Individuals and Companies that Misrepresent Themselves as Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses and Deny Legitimate Disabled Veterans Opportunity To Compete for VA Contrac
- Veteran Sentenced for Wrongful Receipt of Benefits Based on Falsified Military Records
6 Months in Prison for Wakefield, MA, Man Who Falsified VA Claim, Judge Orders $174K in Restitution
- Release of Administrative Closures
As a result of a review of Office of Inspector General decision-making practices on closing reviews administratively, the Deputy Inspector General instituted a new policy requiring coordination of administrative closures within the Immediate Office of the Inspector General, the Office of Counselor to the Inspector General, and the Release of Information Office.
- Holland Couple Indicted In Connection With Fraudulent Receipt Of Veterans’ Benefits And Workers Compensation
NY Couple Face 20 Years in Prison, $250K Fine if Convicted for $1M Fraud Involving VA and Workers Comp Benefits
- VA Hospital Union Official Arrested for Stealing from Union
Former Birmingham VAMC Union President Arrested Following 19-Charge Indictment Related To Stealing $132K from Local Chapter
- San Antonio Businessman Sentenced For V.A. Fraud Scheme
Texas Man Gets 1 Yr, 1 Day in Prison, Ordered to Pay $1.4M in Restitution for Defrauding VA in Contracts Meant for Veterans
- Albuquerque Man Sentenced to Probation for Stealing from Department of Veterans Affairs
$179K in Restitution, 2 Years’ Probation for New Mexico Man Who Stole VA Deposits from Bank Account
- Civil Settlement Reached With Construction Company Falsely Claiming To Be Owned By A Service Disabled Veteran
US Attorney for New Jersey Credits VA OIG, SBA OIG Investigation for Leading to $1.3M Settlement with New Jersey Construction Company