Whistleblower Alleges VA Purged More Than 10K Benefit Applications
A whistleblower is coming forward with allegations that the VA purged more than 10,000 veteran applications for benefits.
Federal investigators are probing a whistleblower's claims that applications for veterans seeking health care benefits may have been improperly purged from the VA's Health Eligibility Center in suburban Atlanta.
Eligibility Center program specialist Scott Davis tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution health benefit applications for more than 10,000 veterans may have been improperly purged from the Health Eligibility Center's national data system in DeKalb County.
Davis began filing complaints in January and said managers were focused on meeting goals linked to the Affordable Care Act to meet their bonus targets. He also asked the VA office of the Inspector General to investigate potential fraud involving government contracts.
Local VA spokeswoman Floretta Hardmon says the organization takes the allegations seriously and officials are cooperating with investigators.
Today on Your World, Judge Andrew Napolitano said it appears that this was “the willful destruction of evidence” that the government is required by law to preserve for 10 to 20 years.
“This is a criminal act if it’s accurate and if it’s provable,” he said of the whistleblower’s charges against the government.
Judge Napolitano said that until an independent prosecutor with power to indict investigates the VA, “we will never know what the truth is.”
TUNE IN: The VA whistleblower joins ‘Your World’ tomorrow at 4p ET.