Loading…
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Current Weather
Loading Current Weather....
HomeNewsNation
Published: Wednesday, 6/11/2014 - Updated: 3 months ago

FBI probes scandal-tainted Veterans Affairs office in Arizona

REUTERS

WASHINGTON — Federal Bureau of Investigation agents will investigate allegations of wrongdoing at an Arizona office of the Veterans Affairs department that became a political problem for President Barack Obama and forced the VA chief to resign.

On Monday, the VA released an internal audit that found more than 100,000 veterans were subjected to a wait of 90 days or more for healthcare appointments, and widespread instances of schemes to mask the delays to meet targets for bonuses.

A U.S. Department of Justice spokesman said today that “At the Department's direction, the FBI has instructed agents in its Phoenix office to conduct an investigation into the allegations related to the VA.

“Federal prosecutors will be working with these investigators to determine whether there is a basis for criminal charges,” the spokesman said.

The deepening scandal prompted the resignation on May 30 of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, a retired Army general wounded three times in Vietnam.



Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. If a comment violates these standards or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report abuse. To post comments, you must be a Facebook member. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.

Related stories