Feds Stop Opioid Drug Dealing Scheme At Little Rock VA, 3 Guilty

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Three former Little Rock VA employees pled guilty to a drug dealing scheme involving opioids and other drugs intended for veterans.

The US Attorney indicated the former employees diverted the drugs for the purpose of street distribution. The scheme included three former employees and others. Sentencing is set for a later date.

Nikita Neal was a trainee at the facility who conspired to sell the narcotics on the street. She received the drugs from two ex-pharmacy technicians, Alisha Pagan and Steve Patel. The three worked at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, otherwise known as Little Rock VA.

Little Rock VA is part of the troubled Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System. The system is short over 140 nurses and unable to provide services to its patients at full capacity. VA employee shortages are what contributed to illegal schemes in the system exposed last year where employees manipulated wait time data to evade accountability.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:

Nikita Neal, 43, of Little Rock, a former student trainee at the hospital, faced eight counts of diverting controlled substances from the VA for street distribution, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. 

Ex-pharmacy technicians Alisha Pagan, 34, of Mablevale and Satishkumar “Steve” Patel, 45, of North Little Rock pleaded guilty to the same charge in August and September, respectively, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

Patel ordered oxycodone, hydrocodone, Viagra, Cialis and promethazine syrup with codeine and later transferred the drugs to Pagan, who delivered them to Neal and others, the release states. Neal then reportedly passed on the drugs to a “street-level distributor.”

Numerous VA employees have been implicated in drug diversion schemes involving opioids over the past few years.

These schemes are not limited to Tomah VA, known as Candy Land, where VA employees were reportedly working while under the influence of narcotics and alcohol before Congress started investigating the facility.

Given the increasing frequency in prosecutions lately, I can only assume more such schemes will be exposed.

Source: http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2017/oct/26/third-former-va-hospital-employee-pleads-guilty-op/

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Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“This investigation began in June 2016, when VAOIG received a report that large amounts of unaccounted-for prescription medications were charged to VA accounts. Patel, a pharmacy technician, used his VA access to a medical supplier’s web portal to order and divert 4,000 oxycodone pills, 3,300 hydrocodone pills, 308 ounces of promethazine with codeine syrup, and more than 14,000 Viagra and Cialis pills, at a cost to the VA of approximately $77,700 dollars, with a street value of more than $160,000. Patel then falsified payment invoices to avoid detection.”

“https://www.justice.gov/usao-edar/pr/veterans-administration-employees-plead-guilty-conspiring-steal-and-sell-prescription”

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

I was told the VA does not prescribe Cialis

91Veteran
91Veteran

They may not prescribe it to vets, but that doesn’t mean VA employees can’t benefit from it.

namnibor
namnibor

Most of them are already very large dicks, so if the dicks are persistently presenting their dickyness for 4 hours or more please call your engorged purple team leader, she has a side business dealing with dicks.

MERDIA VA INC
VA DEATHCARE IS A TOTAL RAW SEWAGE DEATHCARE NOT HEALTHCARE VA DC HQ IS SATANIC @ DEMONIC NO OTHER EXEPLATION VEATS YO ARE ON DEATH PANELS FOR THE BONOUS $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ THAT VA DEATHCARE GIVES ITSELF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

so is Baltimore VA Hospital.

mumbi jones
mumbi jones

Nice little Indians, Patel and Pagan. Bolly, Bolly, Bolly, Bolly…that’s all I understand from these ass-quirks. Go back to India, all you “drs. and computer shits…all named Patel. Get the fuck out of the U.S.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@mumbi jones – – – Hey look my friend, I don’t want to cause any one grief, but I had to laugh at your post. I may not feel as some, but then again, there are some that don’t feel as I. We understand each other. I get a kick out of this, because what you feel, no judging here, is what some Americans feel like. It can’t be denied. Now look, you righteous MF’ers trolling on Ben’s blog, don’t you go rogue on me and play the better than card, or moron card, or any other card that goes… Read more »
CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

You are absolutely right! You can be on the phone with one of these jokers and they will claim their name is Susie, John, Harry , but their real name is longer than the Da Vinci code and shit. REMEMBER,
Always add “and shit” to your posts , It gets the point across.
I.E. the bullshit VA is fucked as usual “And Shit” 🤣🤣🤣

cj
cj

This does not surprise me, I heard the police are looking for 3 hardened criminals.

cj
cj

lmaooooo noway did this post in the correct location!!!!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Funny CJ, Mark E. Wisner former Councilor at VAMC Leavenworth said nearly the same thing just before he added that his addicktion to Cialis may have contributed to his daily pursuit of screwing Veterans at the VAMC along with the rest of the staff. He then also claimed that his addicktion was also related to something in his jeans.

cj
cj
Seymore, that name “Mark Wisner”, I don’t know if it is just a common name or what, but sure sounds familiar, though, I cannot place it. My comment was a reference to an old joke about burglars breaking into the local pharmacy and stealing all the Viagra, police were looking for a couple of hardened criminals. It would have made more sense if I added “Viagra” and if it posted in the correct location. Once again though, your diligence in posting these cases about the various VAMCs, shows this is NOT an isolated incident, but a serious systematic, system wide… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

CJ what’s concerning with all these stories posted by Seymore is that most are simply local news stories. The VA does a hell of a job at squashing any of these stories getting national coverage, or being covered in a way that exposes the VA for being a disaster on a national scale.

Imagine any other federal agency having this many problems repeatedly, and what the outrage might be.

cj
cj
So true 91Veteran. That is what makes the work done on this blog so important. DC and all so called “respectable news agencies”, are not interested. We need the blog to cut through all the vabs. ░░░░░░███████ ]▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▄▃==========O>——-(+)V.A.B.S. ▂▄▅████BEN███▅▄▃▂ I███████████████████] ..◥⊙▲⊙▲⊙▲⊙▲⊙▲⊙▲⊙◤– The Kardashians, Jenners, Hiltons, and the rest of the freak show, is much more important, than any Veteran murdered at the hands of incompetent VAMC, personnel. We must protest and fight, and never waiver, till we get addadicktome rights for all. ╱╱▏╱▏╱▏╱╱╱╱╱╱▏╱╱╱╱╱▏ ▉╱▉╱▉╱▏▉▉▉▉▉╱┈▉▉▉▉╱ ▉╱▉╱▉╱▏┈┈▉╱▏┈┈▉╱╱╱╱▏ ▉╱▉╱▉╱▏┈┈▉╱▏┈┈▉▉▉▉╱ ▉▉▉▉▉╱┈┈┈▉╱┈┈┈▉╱ What? you want to live you say? You think you should receive care… Read more »
cj
cj

Ooops, I forgot to end with………And shit!!!

Gretchen
This is being done everywhere, not just the VA. They prescribed my Dad opioids in large amounts using the favorite street dosage. My Dad never got them. His insurance paid for them, even though they are contraindicated in the elderly. We never could find out what happened to the drugs. The prescribe large amounts just before the ship patients out from the SNF to an acute care facility which is due to a contrived illness. The infamous facility (Mesa Verde, in Costa Mesa, CA) run by Shlomo Rechnitz was doing this and actually included Hoag Hospital in this churning scam.… Read more »
Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

calls for radical remedies and action

namnibor
namnibor
Holy bat crap, Batman! Glad to see they are busting these assholes but will it stick? I must ask a question about the architectural design of the Little Rock VAMC depicted in today’s “Bad VA Art”. Was it designed and built by hamsters or large cats? It looks like either an animal playhouse or what it is, a hungry, hungry hippos crack house? Are the lg. round windows there to facilitate the extraction of an engorged purple team beast on crack? These assholes contributed to and probably fueled opioid & heroin epidemic and these same assholes have the audacity to… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

It does seem to be Lego Block design with a number of pieces missing from the set.

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

I have to believe this isn’t just an isolated case, involving a few VHA’s! I have a sneaky suspicion we’re going to be talking about this issue again and again in the future!

namnibor
namnibor

Off-Topic but pertinent: “A Navy veteran is taking a stand against those taking a knee.

“[John Wells, a retired U.S. Navy commander, turned down an offer from the Saints to be honored prior to last Sunday’s game against the Bears because he can’t “in good conscience” enter an NFL stadium due to the ongoing national anthem protests….]”
“http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/saints-its-unfortunate-vet-rejects-honor-over-anthem-protests/ar-AAunXY7?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp”

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

namnibor,
Have you seen where the CEO of Papa John’s Pizza corporation is complaining about his profits are dropping due to the NFL (ignorant) protests of the American Flag and Star Spangled Banner Anthem?!
True! People are now protesting anyone supporting the NFL!
Too bad the CEO didn’t come out and denounce the NFL. Instead, he’s complaining about his profits and loses! Fucking idiot liberal democrat pussy! He’s getting what he deserves!

91Veteran
91Veteran

I read that, and saw the Saints were sniveling about how he declined the award in such a public manner.

As if they wouldn’t have used it for their own publicity, and used him in the process.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@Crazy elf, @Namnibor, @9Veteran – – – And what most don’t know, is that it is possible, for a corporation to sue the Government for loss of profits due to any trading laws, merchant guidelines, commerce laws, etc.. There’s also a movement, believe it or not, that some organizations are trying to personalize parks, monuments, rivers, etc.. The law is more complex than the VA, oh my dear Lord Jesus (my post, my belief), please help us out. – – – Nutter.

Laura Fino
Laura Fino
Now why is it that one asshole football player can take a knee and it turns into a sensation, but no one starts something like that to create some rage about how our Veterans are treated. Their seems to be some very intelligent Vets here who can really write. In fact I am addicted to this site because the comments are do geniously funny! Last night I started laughing so hard, I started choking and couldn’t talk! So look, my point is, why don’t you come up with some catchy slogan for a placard and I’ll parade it around somewhere.… Read more »
Laura Fino
Laura Fino

I meant “there”, not their oops

91Veteran
91Veteran

Good to hear you’re laughing Laura. That suggests you are like many veterans and have steeled yourself to having to deal with such morons at the VA.

Its one of the most infuriating things we might ever face, but laughing once in a while helps.

Just remember…Illegitimus Non Carborundum.

Don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Or in the VAs case, rats of dubious parentage.

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

very good point. The problem is that it’s virtually impossible to get more than 3 Vets on the same subject at the same time

Lem
Lem
The worst one I experienced on the long term care ward in DC. I was to have Tylenol #3 for back pain. The orderly gave my a aspirin. You can tell the distinct taste of aspirin the minute it touches your tongue. Obviously the men screaming in pain weren’t getting their morphene, Demerol, etc. but some substitute while the drugs were going out the door. And the director wouldn’t take my word for what was going on. I was a homeless person put on the ward for a while. Didn’t matter I was a former medic with 13.5 years of… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet
@Lem – – – I missed your post. Don’t have boxed checked for “Notify of New Replies.” But hey, your exactly right in this approach. I’ve decided to the exact same thing your talking about. Wrote to VA Patient Advocate about complaints and disputes, absolutely no replies. Multiple messages sent. And, I’m not, unless I need to, going to file an FOIA all the time. Filing FOAI’s shouldn’t have to be in the first place. You should be able to ask, and then obtain what you need that is of your own record, or public information. What a joke. –… Read more »
CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

The FOIA officer at Wilmington is a joke and asshat “and shit”

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

What is a “FOIA”, Is there a place that gives me the full text of the intended word ?

Lem
Lem

FOIA stand for “Freedom of Information Act.” You can google either and read it.

Dennis
Dennis
As usual I feel compelled to add to the already clever and insightful words Ben writes today – just for the sake of historical accuracy. Ben writes us today that, “Little Rock VA is part of the troubled Central Arkansas Veterans Health Care System.” I added, “Which is a part of the troubled Eastern Veterans Health Care System, which is a part of the troubled National Veterans Health Care System, which is a partner to the troubled Veterans Benefits System, both of which are a part of the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs, which is currently overseen by a troubled… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

RAND Corp. would like you to know that the term “troubled” has been redefined and repurposed into a 5 flaming red buzzer lights rating system. The more “troubled” the VA appears, the MORE $$ flows into it and way it’s always been. No such thing as “troubled waters” at the VA, just tainted pissy people in a systemic mess of a system.

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

I wonder what else they deal with on the street

Crazy elf
Crazy elf

Here’s an interesting article out from: “Military.com/Daily News”
Titled;

“Vets Overwhelmingly Back Legalizing Medical Marijuana: Legion Survey”

Dated: 2 Nov 2017
“Military.com” | by Richard Sisk.

There’s LOTS of statistics in the article!

WyldeChylde
WyldeChylde

So Bergdahl ends up getting a Dishonorable discharge and no prison time for desertion…

No justice in this country.

namnibor
namnibor

He’s being groomed to be a future replacement for Insane McCain. All Bergdahl needs to do is marry a beer mogul’s daughter and instant congress critter in the making. Think about it: they’ve now painted as if he was “captured” by the Talibandit Teletubies but he deserted, converted, and think about congress critters such as McCain or that other one Kerry…all questionable honorable situations and personalities…Senator Bergdahl….or…the VSO’s will crown him with a new funny hat while he’s fighting to get his Dishonorable Discharge upgraded when the next liberal is POTUS?
Wait for it…

James Clement
James Clement

Traitorous coward should have gotten 20 at hard labor to go along with that dishonorable discharge. By constantly showing “mercy” to those who fuck up in the worst possible ways – – – then lie to cover it, or “spin” a story so as to save face – – – our society becomes nothing more than an enabler.

Time to stop enabling. Real actions should have real, mandatory consequences when caught.

What pussies our once proud military leaders gave become in these PC times.

James Clement
James Clement

Correction: have, not gave. Damn neuropathy.

namnibor
namnibor

Dessert for Fire Ants In A Wet Desert:
Since he is a deserter, it would be a balancing factor for the universe if Bergdahl was suspended up to his earlobes only in quicksand while 2 LBs of raw honey is poured on his propped-open mouth and other jar adding final ingredient guaranteed to make him think about things, a mason jar of fire ants to feast on the honey. I’m not sadistic, nope, not one bit.

namnibor
namnibor

Correction: Dissert…

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

bet he will resist arrest by a State Trooper soon on a deserted county road

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

not for the connected. Obummer = Muslim. Bergdal = Muslim

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
This is only the tip of the iceberg. FBI, DEA, ATF, DOJ, and other Federal Agencies need to seriously get involved. Don’t call your State Representatives, each and everyone of us Vets should spend our time calling and submitting complaints to these Agency’s. That’s what I’ve been doing, and one call will not be enough oil to put on the greasy wheel that symbolizes taking care of the VA. If possible, depending on each Vets circumstances (I know better not to put all Vets into the same box), all of us Vets needs to change the strategy on the VA.… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran
Well, if 3 were prosecuted, that would suggest double that amount were involved at a minimum. I bet you could then times that number by 4 of the employees who were involved, buying or flat just looking the other way on what was going on. No mention of the street level distributor being prosecuted. Hmmm. The question still needing to be answered is whether any vets had their medications diverted, or if any vet was falsely accused or implicated with prescription records being falsified. News reports show over $160,000 in drugs were diverted. Management there must have a heckuva tracking… Read more »
91Veteran
91Veteran

I’m curious about any electronic pharmacy records being fed into Shulkins new WOBR system, and if any sirens go off when certain amounts of drugs are not accounted for.

namnibor
namnibor

That WOBR system’s hard drives are driven by Isaacson’s Stairmaster, so I doubt any sirens go off, if ever. However, the WOBR system will now be able to detect Travel Pay Fraud down to a fraction of a fraction in accordance to your make and model of transportation and account for altitude of crows flying and fuel mileage…spared absolutely no expense.

91Veteran
91Veteran

I have no doubt the WOBR system could calculate down to the last fraction how much I would owe the VA if I rode a unicycle backwards to an appointment.

Just like it would round up the calculation for every dollar awarded as a bonus based on veterans screwed and money “saved the VA” by not treating them.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
A Mission Statement per the VA that I hold dearly onto; “Real Change. Real Reform. Real Accountability. And, Nothing Less.” Thoughts or other actions not fitting, are futile. Now get the fuck out, and don’t come back. Thank you. (have you heard that phrase before?). And listen folks, you have the most beautiful fucking weekend, and hey, go ahead and treat yourself. I am by leaving a message to my VA PCP, and informing her that due to the manipulation of my medical care, and the continuance of this type of negligent behavior, is totally unacceptable and dangerous to practice… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
The Department of Justice (DOJ) says that in the Eastern District of Arkansas, 24 defendants were charged for their roles in three drug diversion schemes that were all investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The operation is being called the largest health care fraud enforcement action in DOJ history. In Arkansas, Patrick C. Harris, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Stephen G. Azzam, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Orleans Field Division, who oversees the DEAs’ Little Rock District Office, announced the unsealing of three indictments charging 24 defendants… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

The VA lacks the insight of basic ideas, for their front line employees to use, that creates the passion of any changes. There’re a lot of blockages in the VA’s pipelines, of all their services they provide to Veterans, and most likely their employees too. WTF. I’ll be happy if and when, someone comes along bringing with them the wind of change. That’ll be one glorious day, that maybe starts the changes in the VA. – – – Nutter.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Cases Involving Alleged Drug Theft at VA Health Facilities”

Some notable cases involving alleged drug theft at Department of Veterans Affairs health facilities.
Feb. 20, 2017, at 9:00 a.m

“https://www.usnews.com/news/arkansas/articles/2017-02-20/cases-involving-alleged-drug-theft-at-va-health-facilities”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

UTAH

An associate chief of pharmacy at the VA medical center in Salt Lake City recently pleaded guilty to acquiring possession of a controlled substance by fraud, according to the inspector general’s office. The VA employee was accused of diverting about 25,000 pills, including oxycodone, hydromorphone, Adderall, buprenorphine, Ritalin, and tramadol from the inpatient pharmacy from October 2011 to March 2015. A spokeswoman for the VA facility, Jill Atwood, has said the hospital since added new software, training and made procedural changes to ensure that similar thefts don’t happen again.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

NEW YORK

A former hospice nurse at the VA medical center in Albany was sentenced last year to more than six years in prison after admitting to stealing pain medication intended for patients. An investigation alleges the VA nurse stole the painkiller oxycodone hydrochloride from syringes to feed his drug addiction and replaced the contents with Haldol, an anti-psychotic medication. At his sentencing hearing, family members of some of the hospice patients gave statements detailing the pain and suffering the nurse inflicted on dying veteran patients.

CorpsmanUp!
CorpsmanUp!

Adding Haldol to a syringe with the intent to decieve a controlled substance count is a direct felonious act. without the proper anticholinergenic to combat the side effects if it where administered, could have killed a patient easily!
That birdhead needs to fry!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
RHODE ISLAND A former registered nurse in the intensive care unit of the Providence VA medical center pleaded guilty last year to stealing prescription drugs. Authorities say the nurse admitted that on dozens of occasions over several months in 2015 she used an override feature of an automated medication dispensing system to obtain hundreds of controlled substance pills, such as oxycodone and morphine. The pills weren’t prescribed for or provided to patients. The IG’s office says the nurse had previously been fired from a private hospital for allegedly diverting controlled substances, but was hired at the VA after making false… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

CALIFORNIA — A former resident anesthesiologist at the VA medical center in West Los Angeles pleaded guilty in 2015 to theft of public property and possession of a controlled substance while treating a veteran. Authorities say while providing anesthesia care to a veteran in surgery, the doctor passed out in the operating room after taking a sedative and injecting himself with controlled substances including fentanyl. His fully conscious patient lay nearby and said he was initially frightened that the commotion was due to his own medical condition, according to news reports.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

Non-Veteran Sentenced for Drug Distribution
A non-veteran was sentenced to 5 years’ incarceration (2 years suspended) and three years’ probation after pleading guilty to drug distribution. The defendant was arrested after selling heroin during an undercover operation. An OIG, VA Police Service, and local police investigation was initiated after a veteran inpatient died from a heroin overdose at the West Haven, CT, VAMC. During the investigation, it was alleged that the defendant was supplying heroin to VAMC employees who in turn were distributing the drugs at the medical center.
VA

Laura Fino
Laura Fino
Here’s a story for you. In the 1970’s and 80’s I went to college and then to graduate school at University of Pittsburg for a master’s degree in nursing. The VA Hospital was located within a cluster of hospitals and the university. I was married to a Dr. at that time who was doing a residency. The residents and nursing students had to do clinical rotations at the VA Hospital. It was a run on joke always about the substandard of care there. Face it, the doctors and nurses who want jobs there are not the good, smart ones. They… Read more »
Laura Fino
Laura Fino

Hey, any Vietnam Vets here? I have something for you!

ANutterVet
ANutterVet

Oh my, that’s life threatening. Nowadays, if this same thing happened today, and someone complained about the Doctor, they’d give the Doctor a bonus for not doing something worse! Although, the Doctors behavior would be considered normal if the Doctor was examining disruptive Veteran patients. After all, your story involves a process of examining, not an emergency, or a scheduled medical intervention considered to be of a complex nature or process.

Well hey, what information you got for Nam Era Vets? Thanks. – – – Nutter.

Laura Fino
Laura Fino

“Vietnam”
•••••••••••••
Dear,
Mr. Vietnam Veteran,
••
Allow me to finally
welcome you home.
Gratitude something
to you not made known.
•••
Now I’ll explain
what you do not know.
You are the reason
to war I did go.
•••
We share things the same
like wars with no gains.
Battles we won
but losses in vain.
•••
We share way too much
but one thing insane.
We share this in common
our countries disdain.
••
Sincerely,
Mr. Iraq Veteran
•••••••••••••••••••••••••
© Copyright-Gregory J. Fino-June 30, 2017
•US Marine Corps (0311)
•PurpleHeartPoetry (Iraq 2005)
•3rd Battalion 25th Marines, Kilo Company
[email protected]

Laura Fino
Laura Fino

“Old Corps”
••••••••••••••
Vietnam Old-Corps
shamed nations few.
Young U.S. lives
taken too soon.
••••
Old Breed G.I.s
died when told to.
New-Corps so different
hard just a few.
••••
Black-PJs, Gooks
NVA, VietCong.
We lost too many
eight years too long.
••••
Battle of A Shau
plagued booby traps.
Flag draped new caskets
bugles played taps.
••••
Ungrateful nation
right here at home.
Grunts versus “Charlie”
yes, there alone.
••••
Hue, City fighting
Six-Eight was Tet.
By pungee pit spikes
young fates were met.
••••
Iraq-Vietnam
yours and now mine.
To my Generation
honored that’s fine.
••••
Exit all jungles
you are dismissed.
Your legacy stays
we’ll see it persists.
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
© Copyright-Gregory J. Fino-July 23, 2017
•US Marine Corps (0311)
•PurpleHeartPoetry (Iraq 2005)
•3rd Batallion 25th Marines, Kilo Company

91Veteran
91Veteran

I thought you were going to say he was moving it up and down his own cbest worried he might not be alive.

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

It would bother me if he did that on a cold dead cadaver

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
“Former VA Chief Of Staff Faces Drug Theft Charges” By Benjamin Krause – June 21, 2017 “http://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/06/21/former-va-chief-of-staff-faces-drug-theft-charges/” According to court records reviewed by the Herald Mail, Dr. Daniel J. Bochicchio was charged with multiple counts linked to illegally acquiring the drug fentanyl. Bochicchio allegedly used private patient information to secure large quantities of the painkiller. Fentanyl is many times stronger than morphine, 50 to 100 times, and can be mixed with heroin to lower costs for drug dealers. The court documents reportedly show the doctor unlawfully received drugs as part of the scheme for a few months after being selected… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Today here in Columbus, OH the Dept. of health announced they made a HUGE fentanyl bust of OVER 4 LBS…enough to kill every soul in Columbus, OH. It’s now even being found presumably, sprinkled on weed and other drugs now, not just heroin…I call this chemical warfare. It is what it is.

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
“VA Drug Thefts Continue Despite New Efforts” Associated Press | 29 May 2017 | by Hope Yen “http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/05/29/ap-exclusive-va-drug-thefts-continue-new-efforts.html” “Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug thefts by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn’t going away despite new prevention efforts. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general’s office from Oct. 1 through May 19. It brings the total number of open criminal investigations to 108 involving missing prescriptions, theft or unauthorized drug use. Most of those probes typically lead… Read more »
Jane

Omg,, please investigate MILWAUKEE VA!!
SAME AS MANCHESTER VA! AND MORE! My belief!! Someone, please..

Peter Kreutzfeldt
Peter Kreutzfeldt

while you’re at it, investigate Baltimore, MA as well. I sat there for hours with a BP of 235/125. All the time one drunk street lounger after another was send to examination rooms.

Jane

Sorry, Manchester NH!! My brief same thing is going in at Milwaukee VA! Maybe , viral, so does a reporter from Boston Globe, Spotlight!!!! Please read and help me and all veterans!!

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
“VA’s Fails to Follow Own Requirements for New Hire Drug Testing” US Medicine The Voice of Federal Medicine April 2017 | Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Monthly Investigations — GAO Director of Healthcare Randall Williamson told lawmakers that VHA requires medical facilities to conduct monthly inspections that follow procedures outlined by VA. GAO found in a review of four medical facilities it conducted from January 2015 to February 2016, however, that the oversight was inconsistent. Williamson told lawmakers that he estimated that, overall, as few as 10% to 15% of VA facilities nationwide are following agency inspection procedures, making them… Read more »
Laura Fino
Laura Fino
“Bureaucratic Bullshit” ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Xanax, opioids Prozac and more! take every med your hope, your cure! Come back next month we’ll give you some more we’ll fix what is broke, from your combat tour. PTS you do have, prognosis it’s poor diagnosed in “oh”-6, “oh”-5, Marine Corps. Those rumors you hear they’re slander, so fake just do what we say, comply for God’s sake! Our doctors know all meds to take tailored for symptoms, your War did make. Incompetent? No more rumors say they Bureaucracy YAY, believe us, okay? Our employees, great! Top notch, we repeat the cream of the crop,… Read more »
Oldmarine
Oldmarine
The agency said data also indicates that approximately 92% of the controlled substances losses occur in the mailing system during shipping to veterans, with only 1.5% due to diversion by VA staff……. I would bet my life on it that those %’S the VA Quoted where reversed …And as for..“VA doesn’t have a very good reporting system for drug diversion cases.”… Fuck the VA’S reporting system go to the post office tracking system and see what that says, Easily proven they are all full of Shit. Williamson said he also would be “suspicious” of those numbers….So what did he do… Read more »
namnibor
namnibor

Ex- VA Sec. McDonald Duck & Co. even admitted before the engorged idiot congress critters that supposedly have Veteran’s best interests that, (and I quote), “The VA is not very good with numbers…”. There you have it, the VA claims ignorance when a more dense smog of swamp gas is needed to cover-up an even larger problem and most importantly, when it serves the VA’s best interest.

Oldmarine
Oldmarine

Well they need to start taking off their shoes and start using their Toes They might get better with the dumb-bers

91Veteran
91Veteran
VA excuses often bring lots of questions. For some reason, the VA has a known, widespread problem of being unable to track drugs. Supposedly ordering, inventory and dispensing software somehow fails to catch theft. Can you imagine the screaming if their payroll was so sloppy that $160,000 was diverted from employees in a year? Or from bonuses? Or from travel? Are not prescriptions barcoded and scanned. If an order is placed with a vendor, one would expect it would flag the system until the order was received and scanned into inventory. One would think scanning prescriptions would lower that inventory… Read more »
ANutterVet
ANutterVet

@91Veteran – – – VA has admitted in the past, that they have an illicit drug problem but do not know where to start, or how to track their problems. I guess were seeing this matter live, due to changes in VA with the Super Analytical Data Senter (SADS). – – – Nutter.

91Veteran
91Veteran

ANutterVet, I fully believe they have the ability to track all kinds of things.

There is just no will to do so.

ANutterVet
ANutterVet
That’s a very good possibility of the VA having the possibility to perform multiple cross references, correlations, amounts, time, etc. (tracking). Also, I’m aware of so-called and like-Opportunity Trackers, that scope organizational problems, distribution, production, operations, fittings, new contracts, etc., and then these hunters contact other businesses, and then turn over leads to them for new contract work. I say this, because someone could have read that past article, that was mentioned here on Ben’s world. Hey, a 5 – 10% commission adds up to a lot of monies, especially if the job costs are in the millions. And, in… Read more »
Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
FDA Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations “September 27, 2017: Amerisourcebergen Specialty Group Pleads Guilty to Distributing Misbranded Drugs and is Sentenced to Pay $260 Million to Resolve Criminal Liability” “Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Admits to Illegally Distributing Millions of Misbranded Oncology Drug Products and Failing to Register with the Food and Drug Administration ” “The illegal misbranding and distribution of drugs threatens the health and safety of U.S. military members, retirees and their dependents,” stated DCIS Special Agent-in-Charge Barzey. “Today’s guilty plea is demonstrative of DCIS’s ongoing commitment to work jointly with the USAO EDNY, FDA, HHS OIG and OPM-OIG, in… Read more »
Oldmarine
Oldmarine

Even with a $260 Million fine I would bet they made a nice profit, should of forced them to shut the company down, but they probably got another fat con-tract.

Amerisourcebergen
“To improve patients’ lives by delivering innovative products and
services that drive quality and efficiency in pharmaceutical care”
I wonder how many politicians are invested in that company.
“demonstrative of DCIS’s ongoing commitment”
Yea, To get a fatter budget

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly

“Former Leavenworth VA hospital worker sentenced for sex crimes against patients” By Tony Rizzo, KC Star, November 03, 2017

A former worker at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Leavenworth was sentenced to 15 years and seven months in prison Friday for sexually abusing patients.

Mark E. Wisner, 66, was convicted at trial of sex crimes involving four patients at the VA medical center where he worked as a physician assistant.

A Leavenworth County District Court jury in August found Wisner guilty of criminal sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and three counts of sexual battery.

Read more here: “http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/crime/article182546166.html#storylink=cpy”

Seymore Klearly
Seymore Klearly
“Active shooter scare raises concerns: Is VA crisis center ready for its own crisis?” investigations By Staff Writer – The Watchdog blog Premium, Thursday, November 02, 2017 “When the VA launched the veterans crisis line call center in Atlanta last December it was touted as a critical part of a national system that would answer thousands of calls from distressed and suicidal veterans every day. But in the rush to open the new center, VA executives seem to have overlooked an important facet of its operation: Adequate crisis training for the center itself. So, on the evening of Oct. 24… Read more »
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