Scams of Immense Proportions, Redux

ACADEME BLOG

In a recent article for the Washington Post, Lisa Rein has reported the following troubling details about the way in which VA hospitals have been purchasing prosthetics for veterans:

“Employees in the purchasing department of a VA hospital in the Bronx had used government purchase cards like credit cards at least 2,000 times to buy prosthetic legs and arms for veterans.

“Each time they swiped the cards, it was for $24,999. That was precisely one dollar below VA’s charging limit for purchase cards.

“When word reached Congress about the $54,435,743 worth of prosthetics bought under such odd circumstances over two years—the subject of an inspector general investigation announced Monday—lawmakers demanded details. But they were told there was no documentation.

“VA officials had prepared to tell Congress that the records had been destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, according to previously undisclosed records, until a senior adviser in the Secretary’s office pointed out that the timing was…

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