The Philadelphia VA Regional Office just released a photo of management to commemorate Veterans’ Day, but leaders at the office implicated in investigations past and present are conspicuously absent.
VARO Director Diana Rubens does not feature in the photo after her involvement in the relocation bonus scandal, in which she pushed a subordinate out of his position so that she could then take the job and receive bonus money. The VA inspector general has referred criminal charges to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
She recently made a scene last week at the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where she plead the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer any questions from Republican Chairman Jeff Miller. (RELATED: Two Senior VA Officials Plead The Fifth Amendment At Hearing)
Assistant director Lucy Filipov is also absent. Earlier this year, the inspector general found that Filipov misused her position to persuade employees to attend a psychic reading. Employees each paid $35 for a reading. The reading, interestingly enough, was conducted by the wife of Gary Hodge– also part of the management team at the Philadelphia VARO.
The psychic medium case is not the first time Hodge has erred. Back in April, an audit discovered countless thousands of pieces of unanswered inquiries, at which point Hodge was removed from his position as head of the Pension Management Center.
In fact, the only member of the leadership team present in the photo is Carol Roan, who serves as an assistant director at the office.
The photo shows insurance managers on the right and Carol Roan and others on the left standing in front of a wreath, which the office, according to an internal email, posted “in celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”
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