Monday, November 28, 2016

Department of Veterans Affairs - Equal time for Equal Crimes:

Last September 29th, there was a Congressional Committee Hearing held at the VA Medical Center in Northport, NY. The agenda ranged from lack of overall Facility maintenance to illegal billing practices to Hospital safety issues, and more. The Director of this Hospital testified for over two hours and either dodged questions, or outright lied under oath. He was backed up by the VA Regional Director, the Chief of Psychiatry at the Hospital, and a Staff Representative from Northwell Health Corp.(a Private Sector affiliate of the VA Medical Center). By the end of the Session, there was smoke coming out of the ears of the five Congress members, their legal Staff, and their investigative Staff because they were asking questions the answers to which they already knew!
If a Nurse can be indicted for stealing pills at the Richmond, VA Medical Center, why can’t a Director of a VA Hospital and his Staff be indicted for abuse of power, fraud, gross mismanagement, theft, embezzlement, and lying under oath to a Congressional Committee?

This from: Military.com’s daily email newsletter..............
U.S. Attorneys » Eastern District of Virginia » NewsDepartment of JusticeU.S. Attorney’s OfficeEastern District of VirginiaFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, November 3, 2016Former Veterans Hospital Nurse Pleads Guilty to Stealing MedicationRICHMOND, Va. – Allison Rulli, 34, of Mineral, pleaded guilty today to charges of obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation, fraud, or deception.According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Rulli was a registered nurse employed in the Spinal Cord Injury Ward at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in Richmond.  From August 2015 to August 2016, Rulli fraudulently obtained 20 to 30 Oxycodone tablets from the medication dispensing cabinets for her own use.  On occasion, Rulli removed the correct amount of Oxycodone prescribed for a patient but would only administer some of the tablets to the patient and would keep the remainder for herself.  Rulli also fraudulently obtained eight to 10 Fentanyl patches, each 25-100 micrograms.  Rulli used a scalpel to open the Fentanyl packaging and remove the patch, but would return the tampered packaging to the medication dispensing cabinet in order to hide the evidence. When confronted by law enforcement, Rulli admitted her wrongdoing.Rulli waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a criminal information. Rulli faces a maximum penalty of four years in prison when sentenced on Feb. 4, 2017. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Richard J. Griffin, Acting Inspector General, Department of Veterans Affairs, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney, Jr.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica D. Aber is prosecuting the case.                                                                                                                                                                                  

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