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Days into Donald Trump’s administration, heads are finally beginning to roll at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Two notoriously corrupt employees in Puerto Rico were fired this week, indicating that more may be on the way. One is the hospital’s CEO, DeWayne Hamlin, who offered an employee $305,000 to quit after she played a role in exposing his drug arrest. “Mr. DeWayne Hamlin was removed from federal service effective January 20, 2017,” the VA said. Jan. 20 was Inauguration Day.
Paperwork reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation shows that bosses openly told Rosayma Lopez that she was being fired for refusing to fabricate a reason to fire another employee, Joseph Colon, after he exposed that Hamlin had been arrested at 3 a.m. in Florida on suspicion of drunk driving while in possession of pills for which he had no prescription. Diversion of opiates from VA facilities is a major issue. After ethics officials blocked that firing, he attempted to pay her to quit using $305,000 of taxpayer money, which would have been the largest settlement in recent VA history. She refused the money.
originally posted by: Krakatoa
Meanwhile, at the troubled Veteran's Administration, we finally have action being taken to drain that swamp. Starting on January 20th, the firings have begun........
I say, let's make the VA great for ONCE! Our veterans deserve it, and it is LONG overdue.
The other person fired recently is a woman who took part in an armed robbery, then kept her job while she was in jail, and continued to work in the hospital’s security office while wearing an ankle bracelet.
Braxton Linton is a high-level manager in charge of buying prosthetics such as hearing aids, often with government-issued credit cards. He was hired just weeks after release from federal prison for stealing $70,000 using credit card info he lifted from his previous employer
Rapists and kidnappers also work at nearby hospitals. An Ohio VA employee, Antoine Hall, was convicted of creating pornography depicting a 13-year old in 2014. Hall is wearing a VA badge around his neck in the sex offender registry picture, meaning he was still going to work after being sentenced, and even received a bonus in 2015.
originally posted by: Tardacus
a reply to: Krakatoa
I don`t believe that these were the best applicants for the jobs, why would the VA hire people like these?
originally posted by: anonentity
a reply to: Tardacus
Pills....a vet is prescribed the highest limit and given half the dose, this leaves heaps to sell on the lucrative black market. As long as the prescription issues ,matches the stock during an audit the cash rolls in.
originally posted by: liveandlearn
a reply to: Krakatoa
Reading through this just makes me sick. This is not the way it works in private or even public traded health facilities.
There is something very sick about this and it makes you wonder how high up it goes. They used to say it was the union agreement. Apparently it is much deeper. Obvious reasons to remove an employee yet it isn't done.
Really want to see what is done higher up the ladder. if nothing then it is just for show. It is usually top down. Get rid of the top.