Hiding Something? Senior VA Officials Plead Fifth, Accused Of $400k Relocation Bonus Abuse – American Military News

Hiding Something? Senior VA Officials Plead Fifth, Accused Of $400k Relocation Bonus Abuse

An inspector general report in late September found that two VA employees abused the relocation program in amounts that totaled six figures. Now those responsible refuse to answer questions.

In front of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves stiffed the Committee by non answering their questions and pleading the fifth.

This did not sit well with the committee and rightfully so. Notoriously Lois Lerner and others at the IRS did the same thing last year when guilt was apparent.

Rep. Jeff Miller had this to say to them:

“I want to make it clear that requiring these individuals or any individual to appear before us today is not done to embarrass them as some have asserted. They are here before us today because they are the subjects of this damning report, which was completed at this committee’s request. This hearing is not a joke, and Ms. Rubens, despite what you reportedly told some of your employees, this is not a show.”

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From the Daily Caller:

Two senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs have pleaded the Fifth Amendment in front of a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on relocation bonus corruption.

Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer any of the numerous questions put forward by HVAC chairman GOP Rep. Jeff Miller

“Sir, I’ve been advised by counsel not to answer that question to protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Rubens repeated multiple times.

 

Read more at the Daily Caller

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