- VA Office of Inspector General Releases Denver Construction Report
OIG review identifies factors that increased the cost and delayed construction of the Denver replacement medical center in Aurora, Colorado.
- Milan Man Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Theft of Veterans Benefits
Illinois man sentenced to one year in federal prison for benefits fraud totaling $178,789.
- Independence Man Sentenced for Receiving Undeserved Veterans Benefits
Missouri man sentenced to over four years in federal prison for benefits fraud and other offenses.
- Lynn Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Veterans Benefits
Massachusetts man pleads guilty to theft of nearly $80,000 in veterans benefits.
- Cannon Design to Pay $12 Million as Part of Criminal Enforcement Agreement
Joint OIG and FBI investigation results in Cannon Design signing a Criminal Enforcement Agreement that includes a $12 million penalty.
- Mortgage Company President Charged with Defrauding Ginnie Mae
Joint investigation results in conspiracy and wire fraud charges in Ginnie Mae case.
- Collin County Man Sentenced for Disabled Vet Related Fraud
Texas man sentenced to prison for fraudulently obtaining Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business set-aside contracts.
- Manchester Resident Pleads Guilty To Selling Stolen Government Property
OIG and VA Police investigation results in guilty plea to fifteen counts of unlawfully converting government property.
- Former Whitman Police Sergeant Charged with Embezzling Funds from Disabled Veterans
Joint investigation results in an arrest and charges against a former police sergeant in connection with misappropriating funds from the accounts of disabled veterans while he was a VA appointed fiduciary.
- Statement from VA Inspector General on National Whistleblower Appreciation Day
National Whistleblower Appreciation Day statement from VA Inspector General Michael Missal.
- Canandaigua Man Indicted for Threatening to Kill VA Employees in Albany
OIG investigation results in the indictment of a Canandaigua, New York, man for threatening to kill a VA police officer.
- Medical Device Manufacturer Acclarent Inc. to Pay $18 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations
Acclarent Inc., agrees to pay $18 million to settle false claims act allegations.
- Former Acclarent, Inc. Executives Convicted of Crimes Related to the Sale of Medical Devices
Joint investigation results in convictions on 10 counts of introducing adulterated and misbranded medical devices into interstate commerce.
- Former Federal Employee Labor Union President Sentenced In White Plains Federal Court For Stealing Union Funds
OIG and DOL investigation results in guilty plea and 15 month sentence for former Federation of Government Employees local president.
- Nevada Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Perpetrating a Nationwide Multimillion-Dollar Fraud Scheme
Las Vegas man receives 25 year sentence for multimillion dollar scheme to defraud the government.
- Palm Beach County Resident Found Guilty of Defrauding Federal Agencies
Joint investigative effort from VA OIG and multiple other OIGs results in fraud conviction.
- Investigation Leads to 50-Year Sentence - Veteran Murdered by Wife for Monetary Benefits
Veteran Murdered by Wife for Monetary Benefits receives 50-year sentence
- Redmond Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Federal Benefits
Veteran pleads guilty and accepts plea agreement for stealing VA and other federal government benefits.
- U.S. Attorney's Office Files Federal Charges Against 16 Individuals for Fraudulent Receipt of Travel Reimbursement Benefits from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
OIG and VA Police investigation results in charges against 16 individuals for fraudulent travel vouchers.
- Former Nurse Sentenced to 82 Months for Stealing and Tampering with Patient Medications
Former VA nurse sentenced to 82 months for stealing and tampering with medications.
- Chelmsford Man Convicted of Defrauding Disabled Veterans Program of More Than $100 Million
Chelmsford, Mass., man found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States in the implementation and administration of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program.
- Auburn Woman Pleads Guilty to Theft from Interstate Shipments
Auburn, Maine, woman pleads guilty to stealing prescription narcotic medications from VA medical center.
- Federal Investigation Yields Multiple Convictions In Connection With Bribery Of Veterans Affairs Contracting Officer
OIG & FBI joint investigation results in conviction of seventh defendant in contracting bribery scandal.
- Oregon DOJ’s Medicaid Fraud Unit Prosecutes Fiduciary who Targeted Veterans
Joint investigation results in conviction of fiduciary who stole from veterans she was appointed to help.
- 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.
- 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.
- OIG To Begin Release of Administrative Summaries of Wait Time Investigations
- Three VA Office of Inspector General Projects Receive CIGIE Awards for Excellence
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- Statement from the Acting VA Inspector General
Suggestions from the media and some Members of Congress that the OIG kept secret inappropriate scheduling practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System are belied by nearly a decade of reporting by the Office of Inspector General. Read the Acting Inspector General’s statement; a chronology of OIG reporting, Keeping Congress and VA Secretary Informed: VA Office of Inspector General’s Reporting on Patient Wait Times from 2005-2014; and the 2008 memorandum of administrative investigation on altered wait times at the Phoenix VA Health Care System.
- Response to Baseless Allegations Regarding the 'Phoenix Report'
Acting Inspector General's response to media coverage of baseless allegations on the independence and integrity of the Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System report.
- Questions and Answers on the Most Significant Aspects of the OIG's 'Phoenix' Report
Questions and Answers on the Review of Alleged Patient Deaths, Patient Wait Times, and Scheduling Practices at the Phoenix VA Health Care System
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Four Indicted For Fraud Against Government Contracting Programs
Federal Grand Jury in Tennessee Returns Fraud Indictment in Scheme to Get Set-Aside Contracts Intended for Small Businesses and Veterans
- Pennsylvania Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Make False Statements and Defraud the Government
Penn. Contractor Admits Hiring Veteran as “Straw” Partner To Obtain $8.7 M in Government Contracts Meant for Disabled Veterans
- Co-owner of Defunct Company Admits Defrauding Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program
Missouri Man Pleads Guilty To Fraud, Made False Claims Enabling Company To Win $6.7M in Set-Aside Contracts Intended for Veterans
- Omaha Contractor and Companies Plead Guilty to Fraud Scheme
Omaha Contractor Faces 24 Month in Prison for “Pass Through” Scheme That Took 45 Contracts Away From Legitimate Veteran-Owned Businesses
- New Jersey Business Owner Admits Fraudulent Claims Of Service-Disabled Veteran Ownership
Office Design Owner Faces 5 Years in Prison for Falsely Claiming SDVOSB Status, Recieved $1.2M in Contracts Meant for Veterans
- Albuquerque Construction Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Federal Program for Service-Disabled Veterans
Albuquerque Duo Plead Guilty in Scheme Where Nearly $11M in VA Construction Contracts Went to Them Instead of Disabled Veteran Business Owners
- Connecticut Man Sentenced for Claiming To Operate Minority, Service-Disabled Veteran Business
2-Years’ Probation, $38K Forfeiture For Connecticut Man Who Falsely Claimed Disabled Veteran Status to Obtain Set-Aside Contracts
- Sterling Business Owner Sentenced for Claiming to be Minority, Service-Disabled Veteran Operated Business
Federal Judge Sentences Massachusetts Contractor to 1 Year in Prison, $399K Forfeiture for Falsely Claiming to Be Disabled Veteran
- Former director of Cleveland VA Medical Center sentenced to nearly five years in prison for taking money from design firm
Former VA employee who was the director of the Cleveland VA Medical Center sentenced to prison for taking bribes and kickbacks to influence VA contracts.
- 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
- 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
- Former Federal Employee who Stole Government Property for Home Improvement Project
Supervisor at West Haven, CT, VAMC Who Had Employees Repair and VA Pay for Improvements to Her Residence Gets 6 Months Home Confinement, Community Service, and $15K Fine
- Former Director of VA Medical Center Pleaded Guilty To Taking Money From Firm Bidding On Jobs
OIG, FBI Investigation Results in Guilty Plea from Former VA Official Who Enriched Himself at Expense of Veterans
- Former Veterans Affairs Psychiatrist Pleads Guilty to Medicare Fraud
Brooklyn VA Psychiatrist Admits To Falsely Billing Medicare, Agrees To Forfeit $1.2M in Illegal Payments
- Former Department of Veterans Affairs Official Admits Fraud Taking $1.2 Million in Kickbacks
Former VA East Orange Engineer Violated Public Trust By Directing Construction Contracts to Companies In Return for $1.2M
- Jersey City Contractor Pleads Guilty to Bribing a VA Official
New Jersey Construction Contractor Faces Up to 15 Years in Prison, $250K in Fine for $5,000 Bribe to VA Official
- Former Director of Cleveland VA Medical Center Indicted for Conspiracy, Fraud, Money Laundering and Other Charges
OIG, FBI Public Corruption Probe Leads to 36-Count Indictment Against Former VA Cleveland Medical Center Director