|U.S. Department Of Veterans
Office of Inspector General
South Central Field Office
4040 N. Central Expwy, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75204-3158
|Monday, February 26, 2001|
|Former Houston VA Employee and Her Associate Indicted in Embezzlement Scheme|
|Special Agent-in-Charge John Brooks
of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector
General (OIG), Central Field Office of Investigations, announced today
that on February 26, 2001, Ramona D. Geary, a former employee of the VA
Regional Office in Houston, TX, and Val J. Davis, an associate of Geary,
were indicted by a Federal Grand Jury in Houston, TX, and charged with
multiple counts of theft, mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy.
Brooks stated the indictment was the culmination of investigative efforts by his Houston Resident Agency and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. The indictment charges that Geary, in her capacity as a Veterans' Service Officer, created a false veteran payee within VA data systems. This ultimately caused VA to send benefit checks in the name of Davis to an address controlled by Geary from approximately September 1997 through June 2000. Davis then negotiated the checks at a local bank and check cashing businesses. The monetary loss to the Government exceeds $229,700 over the past three years.
Assistant United States Attorney Larry Eastepp of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, TX, is prosecuting the case.