Well, the report is now out.
The VA Office of Inspector General investigated the activities of 2 very senior managers at the Philadelphia Regional Office. The Department of Justice declined criminal prosecution – we will see if the VA leadership takes administrative action.
Here are the significant conclusions of the VA OIG Report of Lucy Filipov (Assistant Director of the Philadelphia VA Regional Office) and Gary Hodge (Manager of the Pension Management Center in Philadelphia, PA), quoting from the report:
We substantiated that Ms. Lucy Filipov, Assistant Director, Philadelphia VARO, while as the Acting Director, misused her position for the private gain of a subordinate and his spouse, misused her title to endorse the private enterprise, and invited subordinates to her home to take part in psychic readings. We also found that she had a less-than-arm’slength relationship with subordinates whom she characterized as friends.
We found that Mr. Gary Hodge, Manager of the Pension Management Center (PMC), failed to report his spouse’s income on his 2013 and 2014 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Forms 450, which he certified as true, complete, and correct. We made a criminal referral of the false statements to the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), but they declined to criminally prosecute in favor of administrative actions. Mr. Hodge also failed to claim that same financial gain on his and his spouse’s income tax returns. We referred the failure to report income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Pennsylvania State Department of Revenue.
You can read the full report by clicking here: http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-04494-347.pdf