- 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
- Deputy Inspector General Announces Steps To Strengthen OIG Whistleblower Protection Ombudsman Program
Deputy Inspector General Linda Halliday announced that the VA OIG is improving its Hotline submission process, reinvigorating the OIG Rewards Program, and enhancing crime awareness education briefings at VA facilities.
- Deputy Inspector General Announces Steps To Strengthen OIG Whistleblower Protection Training
One of my first acts as VA Deputy Inspector General is to take steps to ensure that all VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) employees are fully trained on protections and remedies guaranteed to Federal employees by the Whistleblower Protection Act...
- OIG Releases White Paper on Evidence Supporting Administrative Closure of 2014 Tomah, WI, VA Medical Center Inspection on Opioid Prescription Practice
"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." John Adams
Since February 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been working in good faith to provide the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee with evidence supporting the OIG’s decision to administratively close the healthcare inspection into allegations of inappropriate opioid prescription practices at the Tomah, Wisconsin, VA Medical Center (VAMC), while balancing our obligation to protect sensitive information in veterans’ medical records, VA quality assurance documents, and the names of complainants and witnesses promised confidentiality by our inspectors. Nonetheless, on April 29, 2015, the Committee issued a subpoena seeking records that was significantly broader than the records initially requested in February 2015, and for some records that we previously provided to the Committee, including 140 healthcare administrative closures issued from 2006 to 2015...
- Brookings Names VA OIG as Second Most Productive OIG in Government Based on Last 5 Years’ Return on Investment
In a paper issued April 30, 2015, the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings issued a paper assessing the benefits Office of Inspector General bring to government. The paper focuses on Return on Investment (ROI)—the most quantifiable metric of agency performance. The Social Security OIG was first with an ROI of $43.60 to $1, the VA OIG was second with $38 to $1, and HUD OIG was third with $29.59 to $1. http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2015/04/30-inspectors-general-roi-hudak-wallack.