Tinnitus Anyone? 3M Covered Up Its Defective Military Earplugs Since 2000
In a settlement worth a paltry $9.1 million, 3M agreed to pay the government after being caught covering up its defective earplugs called dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2).
The company sold its earplugs to the US military without disclosing problems with its effectiveness. Basically, the earplugs would come loose in the ear canal and not perform as well. Those curious about the lawsuit should look up United States ex rel. Moldex-Metric v. 3M Company, case number 3:16-cv-1533-MBS (DSC). (Note: I grabbed a photo of the earplug type from the 3M website, but the photo above may not be exactly the same earplug variant.)
“The Department of Justice is committed to protecting the men and women serving in the United States military from defective products and fraudulent conduct,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler of the Department’s Civil Division. “Government contractors who seek to profit at the expense of our military will face appropriate consequences.”
“Through rigorous enforcement of the False Claims Act, we protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse,” said U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon for the District of South Carolina. “And in this case in particular, we are proud to defend the integrity of our military programs and ensure that our men and women in uniform are adequately protected as they serve our country.”
“Today’s settlement will ensure that those who do business with the government know that their actions will not go unnoticed,” said Frank Robey, director of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit. “Properly made safety equipment, for use by our Soldiers, is vital to our military’s readiness. Our agents will respond robustly to protect the safety of our military.”
“This settlement demonstrates the commitment of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and our law enforcement partners to hold companies accountable for supplying substandard products, in particular products that could directly impact our service members’ health and welfare. DCIS protects the integrity of Defense Department programs by rooting out fraud, waste, and abuse that negatively affect the wellbeing of our troops,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert E. Craig, Jr., DCIS Mid-Atlantic Field Office.
Hearing loss and tinnitus are some of the most common disabilities for veterans. Maybe 3M should pay the disability benefits rather than a paltry $9.1 million?
Ear plugs. I believe there was an article where the VA refused to accept defective hearing loss to those who shot shoulder held weapons.
The veteran’s who were denied might be able to use this report as new evidence.
Of course the VA will tell these veteran’s prove that you used these ear plugs. Nope wrong color. The writing on the package was smeared, denied. Excuse after excuse.
Ben can you follow up on this.
“Instagram Permanently Suspends Veteran-Owned Business for Criticizing NFL Kneelers”
by Charles Nash, Aug. 27th, 2018
“Project War Path, a clothing company owned by Navy SEALs and Army Special Forces combat veterans, has been permanently suspended from Facebook’s Instagram platform for “hate speech” after criticizing NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.
After Project War Path made a post which referred to NFL players who kneel during the national anthem as “overpaid turds,” Instagram blacklisted the company’s account for “hate speech.””
Full Article At: “https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/08/27/instagram-permanently-suspends-veteran-owned-business-for-criticizing-nfl-kneelers/”
Well looks like 3M got off easy on this deal, by paying off the measly 9 million to the department of defense, instead of paying out millions to the affected veterans the 3M company swindled the veterans who paid dearly for losing their hearing, I believe there should be some recourse and allow the veterans to sue 3M in a class action lawsuit, only way for these veterans to get compensated
Got to love the stupidity of some of the small time non managerial type Doctors at the VA. Where do they find lawyers to represent them?
The doctor received notice that he was being fired because his clinical practice had “so significantly failed” to meet generally accepted standards it raised “reasonable concern for the safety of patients.”
In a hospital “Proficiency Report” on Manglik, the hospital’s chief of staff wrote: ”I have significant concerns about (Manglik’s) clinical competence. … Nearly 100 patients have requested another MD in the last year.”
So of course the incompetent Doctor Manglik sues the VA to try and prevent his firing. So, “in October 2017 reached a settlement with the hospital, agreeing to leave in exchange for $5,000 and a promise that his departure would be treated as a retirement and his personnel file would be purged of any reference to discipline or termination.
A lawyer for the VA later assured Manglik’s attorney that in the future, if prospective employers or other individuals were to contact the VA about Manglik, the hospital would say he retired and “that is all they would say and nothing more,” records show.
After the deal was signed, however, the hospital allegedly informed the Iowa Board of Medicine and the National Practitioner Data Bank that Manglik had resigned while under investigation.
In his lawsuit, Manglik alleges this was done “solely to meet the desperate national agency’s need to offset the relentless criticism of the agency for failing to report deficiencies.”
Manglik claims he was “a convenient and timely scapegoat to improve the agency’s statistics as quickly as possible after the election.”
In a sworn affidavit accompanying the lawsuit, Manglik said that by pursuing a deal that would allow him to retire, he was able to preserve his health insurance and collect retirement income that otherwise wouldn’t have been available.
“I have temporary employment which is now jeopardized, but my ability to transfer, or to see other opportunities, have been destroyed,” Manglik said.”
Really if that don’t beat all. A totally incompetent Doctor can hire a shyster to represent him in a case build on years of incompetence while employed at the VA providing incompetent health care to Veterans and then whining and suing the VA for reporting his incompetence. Solely because he cannot continue providing incompetent health care after leaving the VA.
Got to read the whinny article at:
“Des Moines doctor says VA made him a ‘scapegoat’ and fired him because of political pressure”
by Clark Kauffman, Des Moines Register Published 1:50 p.m. CT Aug. 27, 2018
Oh, I forgot to add the best part about the incompetent Dr. Manglik.
If you had to guess where he purchased his medical degree what county would you guess?
A little hint, what is the second language at the VA? Hindu.
If you guessed India you would be correct. The VA’s former Dr. Manglik medical school is reported as the King George`S Medical College University Of Lucknow.
As for the legitimacy of Dr. Manglik’s claimed medical education there are a series of problems which indicate he is truly a fake degree holder.
While Dr. Manglik reported to the the Iowa board of medicine that he graduated from the King George`S Medical College University Of Lucknow India in 1986. The schools Wikipedia’s page show that the school did not have a medical degree program until 2002. Also worth noting is that the school has been plagued by news coverage over the fake transcripts and degrees the university has issued. Especially in the 3 year attorney program. Given they do not offer a law degree.
So, basically a fake VA Doctor is now suing the VA because he not continue making money as a fake doctor. After all his years of service to the VA as a Fake doctor.
With the new ruling on Veterans now being able to file class action lawsuits. It really is to bad the Veterans in Iowa who suffered under the care of this Fake Doctor will not be able to find an attorney to represent them. It certainly would give the VA proper incentive to ensure they were hiring real doctors in the future.
But hey, maybe Veterans will get lucky and the fake Doctors lawsuit will make them consider not hiring fake doctors in the future.
More coming out about that deranged shooter in Jacksonville FL!
From; “The Blaze”
“Jacksonville killer previously hospitalized for mental illness, prescribed anti-psychotic medication”
“54 mins ago”
“A new report from The Associated Press says that the suspect behind the Jacksonville gaming shooting was previously hospitalized for mental illness, and had been prescribed anti-psychotic medications.”
“The killer believed responsible for the deaths of two people and the injuries of at least 11 more on Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida, was previously hospitalized for mental illness and had been prescribed anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medications in the past.”
“Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference Sunday evening that two people were killed in the incident. Nine other victims sustained gunshot wounds, according to a CNN report, and two other people were injured while attempting to flee the chaotic scene.”
“The 24-year-old suspect from Baltimore reportedly killed himself at the scene.”
“The incident took place at the Jacksonville Landing on Sunday afternoon during a Madden Football video game tournament.”
“Officers arrived on the scene within two minutes of the initial report of shots fired, according to WJXT-TV.”
“What’s in the court records?”
“According to court records obtained by the Associated Press, the suspect had previously been hospitalized for mental illlness issues at psychiatric facilities.”
“Also, the suspect had been prescribed anti-depression and anti-psychotic medications in the past.”
“The AP reported that the court records were part of divorce filings for the suspect’s parents, both of whom disagreed on how to care for their son, the suspect. The couple divorced in 2007 when the suspect would have been a young boy.”
Now that the truth has surfaced about this deranged murderer. It brings me to these conclusions;
1.) He fits right in with Hillary Clinton’s supporters!
2.) There will be no “gun control debates”!
3.) The MSM’s will be quiet as church mice about this horrible incident!
4.) Because it doesn’t fit their agenda.
Anyone who believes otherwise, is as batty as the person who committed the crime!
Also, read several articles today about how the FBI and other law enforcement came in droves to search his parents home where he resided in the basement.
One of those spoiled little rich kids, Wonder why no one is saying where he got the gun from clearly he had it illegally. Figure the little richey rich only had the balls to carry one in a gun free zone so nobody else had one.
But what about that all the time malfunctioning Colt M-16 rifle they made us use in Vietnam?! The one they gave me fired two rounds and then jammed semi auto or full auto every time. I remember how I use to jump off a chopper in a hot LZ and haul ass to the wood line. Not that I was gung ho about winning a war or anything like that but I was scared shitless of getting shot in a wide open rice field and not having anything workable to shoot back with. The M-16 caused American deaths and nobody was held accountable!
The USG just let 3M off the hook. What 3M paid was contract damages and in so doing, the USG dropped any potential future claims from those who had their hearing damaged by these faulty ear pro. We, the end users will find that 3M is now shielded against future claims through this settlement.
So – Moldex is still around. 3M must have licensed the rights to manufacture and sell, or, they licensed the IP to Moldex. Either way, the feds went after the deeper pockets, and healthier litigation budget.
Love the platitudes from the prosecutors, and the Army Criminal Investigation team, “…. protecting our brave men and women, blahh, flag wave, blah, money rah rah…” Nine million – chump change. Eighteen years? That’s called cozy.
Use of Not Otherwise Classified Codes for Prosthetic Limb Components
“The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) substantiated allegations received in January and February 2016 alleging the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) was overpaying for prosthetic items because it incorrectly used Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) codes to classify the items for payment to vendors. Incorrectly using an NOC code can result in an overpayment because the payments are not based on pre-established reimbursement rates. For example, the Touch Bionics I-Limb, when classified with the correct code, costs VHA about $27,000. However, VHA paid vendors as much as $61,702 for the same item when classified using an NOC code. The OIG found that VHA overpaid vendors about $7.7 million from October 2014 through July 2017.
The OIG found prosthetists incorrectly used NOC codes to classify prosthetic items when existing codes adequately described the items. Prosthetists incorrectly used NOC codes because they were either unaware of the existing codes or because they allowed vendors to classify the items with NOC codes. The incorrect use of NOC codes to classify some prosthetic items was not detected because the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service lacked a process to monitor the use of NOC codes. Because prosthetists incorrectly used NOC codes to classify prosthetic items for reimbursement, VHA paid more for the items.”
Full Report At: “https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-16-01913-223.pdf”
Can anyone say “KICKBACKS”!
KickBacks Big Time!
Morris resignation could signal trouble with VA EHR plans
By Greg Slabodkin, August 27 2018, 7:16am
“The Department of Veterans Affairs has lost a key IT architect who had been working to ensure that the VA’s planned rollout of a $10 billion Cerner electronic health record system comes off without a hitch.
Genevieve Morris, a Trump administration political appointee who was on loan to the VA from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, resigned abruptly from both agencies on Friday.
Morris served as principal deputy national coordinator, leading interoperability efforts at ONC, and in July assumed the role of chief health information officer for the VA’s Office of EHR Modernization—only to resign weeks later.
Morris announced her departure on Twitter, providing a copy of her resignation letter submitted Friday morning to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.
“Over the last few weeks, it has become clear to me that VA’s leadership intends to take the EHR modernization effort in a different direction than we were headed, and since my service as CHIO was always intended to be an interim solution, I am offering my resignation to the administration effective immediately,” Morris wrote to Azar and Wilkie, without providing specifics.
Morris came to ONC in May 2017 as principal deputy national coordinator at ONC.”
Full Article At: “https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/morris-resignation-could-signal-trouble-with-va-ehr-plans”
Either Morris “resigned with lots of $$$$”
Morris resigned because she saw VA lots of $$$$ being ripped off by the VA over that $10 billion IT scam!
I wonder which?
I am thinking both.
I got in on that ATT phone billing class action lawsuit a few years ago. All I got was a check for a $1.04 when it was settled. I’m sure this will be the same thing, only the lawyers filing the lawsuit get the big $$$ and the people affected get little to nothing.
A different viewpoint about McCain’s time as a POW in the “Hanoi Hilton Prison”!
(I’m only reporting what was printed. “So don’t shoot the messenger!”)
“John McCain’s Hanoi Hilton Jailer Recalls ‘Stubborn’ POW”
“Tran Trong Duyet, the former director of the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ prison, grew to respect the young John McCain. (Nhac Nguyen/AFP)”
From: “Agence France Presse” via “military.com”
Dated: 26 Aug 2018
By: Tran Thi Minh Ha and with Jenny Vaughan in Hanoi
“As a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton”, navy pilot John McCain was known as uncompromising, frank and an avid reader who fiercely debated the war with his Vietnamese jailers.”
“One of them, the former director of the infamous Hoa Lo prison, recalls verbally sparring with the famous inmate and says McCain’s refusal to budge on his views eventually earned his admiration.”
“It was his stubbornness, his strong stance that I loved when arguing with him,” retired colonel Tran Trong Duyet told AFP.”
“In the decades following the Vietnam War, McCain — who died Saturday at the age of 81 — forgave the enemies who once held him captive, and helped reconcile the two countries that today enjoy strong ties.”
“His five-and-a-half years in prison began in October 1967 when McCain was thrown into the French-built jail after his Skyhawk dive-bomber was shot down over Hanoi’s Truc Bach lake.”
“Fished out with a broken leg and two broken arms, he was shipped to the cold, crowded facility where some 500 prisoners of war were held.”
“His captors quickly learned McCain’s father was a navy admiral, and the young prisoner soon developed the nickname “Crown Prince”.”
“The early years were grim.”
“McCain was held in solitary confinement and suffered from dysentery. For months on end, he was fed only bread and pumpkin soup. He communicated with fellow inmates by tapping codes on the thick concrete walls.”
“In his memoirs, McCain wrote that solitary “put me in a pretty surly mood” and that he would ward off depression by hollering insults at guards.”
“And then there were the interrogations and beatings.”
“Ropes were put on me and I sat that night bound with ropes,” McCain wrote after his 1973 release, recalling one brutal session.”
“For the next four days, I was beaten every two to three hours by different guards. My left arm was broken again and my ribs were cracked.”
“English Classes, Jokes”
“Duyet denies McCain or others were mistreated and says he punished any fellow guards who stepped out of line.”
“There was no torture, Vietnamese people saved him,” Duyet said in an interview earlier this year at his home in the port city of Haiphong, where he displays both photos of American POWs and more recent images of himself in military uniform posing with US officials.”
“By the end of his long years in prison, Duyet said his relationship McCain started to warm.”
“Out of working hours, we considered each other friends,” he said. “He taught me English … he had good teaching skills.”
“In his post-prison writings, McCain said things got easier for him in the early 1970s, which he called the “coasting period.”
“He read propaganda texts about Vietnam communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, and was allowed to roam the prison yard with fellow Americans, who named different sections of the compound after Vegas hotels.”
“His former jailer preferred to focus on the rosier memories, recalling how they joked, shared stories about family and travel, and even dished about women.”
“We laughed together and agreed that women are the same everywhere — they like flattery, they like to sulk, and they’re jealous,” he told AFP, smiling.”
“McCain left the Navy in 1981 for a long career in politics, most notably as Republican U.S. senator for Arizona. But his “Hanoi Hilton” experience resonated throughout his life.”
“Donald Trump suggested during the campaign for the presidency that McCain was not a war hero because he was captured in Vietnam.”
“The controversial comments inflamed his throngs of supporters, many of whom saw his time as a POW as a defining experience.”
“John McCain will always be America’s prisoner of war, that experience is now inseparable from the name John McCain and the person that has been John McCain,” said Alvin Townley, author of “Defiant,” a book about American POWs held in Hoa Lo.”
“McCain was also celebrated for his role in reconciling the United States and Vietnam, which in the half-century since the war’s end have become close allies.”
“[His] openness towards Vietnam and the willingness to revisit not only the country, but his experiences there have certainly helped heal a lot of wounds,” Townley said.”
“McCain visited the Southeast Asian country several times after the restoration of diplomatic ties in 1995, even returning to the “Hanoi Hilton” — now a popular tourist attraction — for an emotional meeting with another former jailer.”
“Duyet never got a chance to reconnect with McCain, but imagined what he might say if he had.”
“If he came to Vietnam, I would greet him, not as a former prisoner and a jailer, but as two veterans, from both sides of the battlefield, now meeting again in the spirit of reconciliation,” he said.”
“When informed of McCain’s death, Duyet said Sunday he was “so sad.”
“Please if you can, convey my condolences to his family for me.”
Here’s the comment section. There were many comments removed by this site! One commenter even asks why! Could it be the site didn’t want negative writings about McCain?
Read the comment from “louis stennes”!
Conan Miller8 minutes agoNews flash… this is a nice puff piece excusing those who commited an evil on defenseless prisoners! It had nothing to do with Trump… geez try to think and get beyond petty politics even if Trump did say something graceles!
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43 minutes ago · FollowingWHITE HOUSE FLAG NOT LOWERED: The White House flag is no longer at half-staff in honor of the late Sen. John McCain. The flag was lowered for less than 48 hours, a break from precedent that it is lowered until burial, ABC News reports. Other flags around the Capitol remain at half-staff. Pres. Trump nixed issuing a statement praising McCain’s heroism, the Wash. Post reports, ‘telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet…that did not include any kind words’ for McCain.
louis stennes38 minutes ago Why all the deleted comments? I read them all, and had mine deleted too. None of them contained foul language, or a personal attack against anyone. All they were, were a “spirited” commentary on the for and against John McCain’s political viewpoints. I am sure I can sit down with any of my fellow posters over a beer and not a harsh word that would lead to any aggressive behavior. Now that I know the true colors of this site I am leaving. You won’t miss me I am sure and I won’t miss you.
367600031 hour ago There is a movement nominated by Senator Schumer to rename the Russell Senate Office Building as the McCain Senate Office Building. It may have some static within the Congress but I suggest at the same time renaming Reagan National Airport into Trump International Airport. That way it would gain support from both sides of the Congressional aisle. This would be a fitting tribute
367328482 hours ago Sick! Now I understand how Senator McCain got along so well with Democrats and the slime of Hollywood.
I tex7 hours agoGreat article Tha ks. president Trump has put out a very strong tweet That our thoughts and prayers should be with John McCain and his family.
Brett WeeksI tex3 hours ago But no praise for his service to this country…
louis stennesBrett Weeks2 hours ago I am in no way defending President Trump, but you need to go back and read all the dam..ng things John McCain said about our President, Pretty bad stuff. McCain was a member of the “Gang of Eight”, opposed the wall along the border, in many bways was in favor of amnesty for 12 million illegals. People forget how nasty this man was to our president. He was a so called Republican but McCain was really a Democrat asnd his best friends were Ted keenedy and Chuckie Schumer, A war here, YES, but the rest of it, not so good.
Rocky Lovelouis stennes45 minutes ago Sharon is absolutely correct in her statement. You ignore her or try to twist her intent. If 45 wants respect HE has to give it (something he is incapable of doing). People are taught to respect the office of the President, but when the occupant doesn’t respect the office or the people that have served in the office why would you or anyone else expect people to respect him??? I don’t belame McClain, I would not want this man at my service either. You speak of the dam g things McClain said about 45, but you neglect or ignore the insulting things 45 has not only said about him but darn near everyone he completes against (both Republican and Democrat), even today he can never admit he is wrong about anything and can never apologise when he gets caught in a lie. Start looking at all of the people who are turning on 45 now and accepting Plea deals. Don’t you and others think there may be something to the reasons why? Subordinates follow the example of their leaders and are the first to fall when things go wrong.
terence mckibbinslouis stennes1 hour ago Trump was/is a lifelong, fairly liberal, Democrat, and self-proclaimed Socialist whose only goal is the destruction of the Republican Party as the precursor for turning the Nation over to the global Socialist.
Al Mount11 hours ago We were there to fight the spread of Communism, we were winning when I left in 68.
The country fell to the communist in 74. because of left wing hippes and the press.
The modern day Liberals and Democrats now want to embrace Socialism,
prove positive, you can’t fix stupid. Grrrrrrrrr
terence mckibbinsAl Mount3 hours ago Yes, the war was loss because of “left wing hippies” and “the press,” not the conservative, Republican, Commander-In-Chief.
Ben WallaceAl Mount3 hours ago South Vietnam fell on April 30, 1975, not ’74. As for 1968….remember the Tet offensive that began on January 30, 1968? Though we fought them back, it was a huge political victory for the North Vietnamese.
The Christmas bombings of 1972 destroyed much of the infrastructure of North Vietnam and brought them to the peace table. Unfortunately, the South Vietnamese government and military were so corrupt…
Robert DeyoeAl Mount2 minutes ago Yes Al, we were there to stop the spread of communism and to help the Vietnamese people learn and experience the freedoms we Americans hold so dear. However, the common Vietnamese person never understood what we we trying to do for them. We gave them goodie bags with personal hygiene stuff, candy and so forth, then when in Saigon on R&R those same bags were for sale on most all street corners. We dug wells so they wouldn’t have to walk miles with tubs on their head or on sticks on their shoulders. They didn’t lift a finger to protect them when Charlie came visiting. We held sorties and told our south Vietnamese counterparts where to meet us and when. They showed up mid-Morning claiming they “are farmers first, soldiers second”. Most that I dealt with couldn’t wrap their heads around why we were there. Their idea of freedom as we know it, was to be able to raise their families under the same conditions they were raised in. An old adage comes to mind; One can not miss what they’ve never had.
The French got run out before we showed up and we didn’t learn a Damn thing from the beating they got. Our ROE had our hands tied. We would have lost less servicemen if we had worn blue helmets and left our weapons at home. I’m bitter yes, not toward the South Vietnamese but totoward the politicians that allowed us to be fed into the North’s propaganda machine. God bless John McCain. He took the punishment some of our politicians deserved. I was there 2 and 1/2 years. I also left in 68, October to be exact, but I don’t think we were winning. We were never meant to. I got way off track, but basically I agree with you. You can’t fix stupid.
Casey Elliott19 hours ago “There was no torture, Vietnamese people saved him,” Duyet said in an interview”….now there is humungous load of bull durham.
Did you hear that the Jacksonville shooter was a Hillary Snowflake anti-Tumper that actually did live in his parents basement?
A Hillary SnowFlake going ballistic over losing a Video Game!
Yeah, the wife commented about how “…he got pissed because he didn’t win a (“participation”) trophy”! So, “…he started shooting up the place!”
Remember how all the kiddies in school would win something. Because that way no one would feel left out!
Well, this snowflake took losing to the extreme!
I hear he’s from Baltimore, Md.. that’s a democrip stronghold!
“Jacksonville Madden Shooter Criticized ‘Trumptards’ On Reddit
Katz also said, “mericans are retarded.”
Chris Menahan | Information Liberation – August 27, 2018
“Jacksonville mass shooter David Katz, 24, was a Redditor who hated Trump supporters and mocked “mericans” as “retarded.”
“You trumptards seriously can never stop amazing everyone with how mentally challenged you guys are,” Katz wrote late last year on the Pro-Donald Trump r/The_Donald subreddit under the name “ravenchamps.”
A Tribute to old lame brain. Pic of him and his crew just hanging after 911.
How about the more current pictures of McCain with ISIS and other terrorist leaders!
How about his supplying weapons to those “Freedom Fighters” who turned out to be our enemies! Enemies he knew were Enemies!
There’s more – a whole lot more – of McCain’s treachery against America and its Veterans!
The wife just informed me that *”Kowardly Kerry”* was blasted when he went to Europe. She thinks it was in Italy.
The people were accusing Kerry of starting ISIS!
“Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs hired nurse who wrote fake prescription to review medical records”
by Justin Wingerter, Mon, August 27, 2018 5:00 AM
On July 21, 2017, Casey Branscum drove his truck to a Walgreens drive-thru in Oklahoma City and handed the pharmacy employee a prescription for 120 tablets of Percocet.
The employee, noticing the prescription was the wrong color, called the doctor whose name was on it and found it was a forgery, according to an officer at the scene. Branscum, 29, was arrested in the Walgreens drive-thru lane and soon charged with attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud, a felony he would later plead guilty to.
At the time, Branscum worked as a nurse at an Oklahoma City nursing home and could reasonably expect his career would be harmed by the incident. But within two months of his arrest, Branscum had another job in Oklahoma City. It, too, involved nursing homes.
Word arrived in the email inbox of Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs employees on Sept. 18, 2017.
“Please join me in welcoming Casey Branscum to the ODVA team,” wrote Tina Williams, the agency’s compliance director. She said the 29-year-old had 14 years of long-term care experience.
Branscum, who two months earlier had broken the law by writing a fake painkiller prescription, was tasked with reviewing medical records to ensure compliance with rules and regulations. His starting salary was $43,662.
News of Branscum’s prior misdeeds “spread like wildfire” through the state’s seven veterans centers, one longtime employee recalled. Staff whispered to each other about the new guy, the one who was an accused felon. Rumors spread about his closeness to Williams, who lives on the same street in Yukon as Branscum. Disaffection with central office in Oklahoma City, already running high, only escalated.
“People were just flabbergasted that they’d hire someone like that,” said another employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. “But you just knew not to ask about it.”
Employees sounded off to state auditors, who were preparing a report at the time on low morale and toxic leadership within Veterans Affairs. Branscum’s hiring showcased a double standard, veterans center employees felt, between their ethically upstanding facilities and a central office that had lost its way.
“It was unethical for him to be hired with the charges pending,” one employee said, according to auditors’ notes obtained by The Oklahoman in an open records request. “We would not hire an employee at one of the facilities under those circumstances.”
‘He has since been highly successful’
Shane Faulkner, a spokesman for Veterans Affairs, says Branscum does not dispense drugs or directly care for veterans. Branscum was forthcoming about his past when hired, proactively sought out treatment programs and voluntarily entered into a peer review program, which he continues to participate in, Faulkner said.
In January, Branscum pleaded guilty and was given a three-year deferred sentence as part of an agreement with prosecutors, according to court documents. He was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings weekly for six months and pay $440 in court costs.
Two months later, Branscum was promoted at Veterans Affairs. He oversaw implementation of Point Click Care, a computer program for storage of medical records, which he had prior experience with during his time at private nursing homes.
“He has since been highly successful in this task,” Faulkner said.
Branscum, who did not respond to a request for comment, has received four raises since he started at Veterans Affairs less than a year ago — he now earns $63,662 — and has been an impressive employee, according to the agency’s spokesman.
Last month, it was Branscum who granted Veterans Affairs employees access to patients’ medical records on their cellphones. Depending who you ask, that was either a brilliant decision that allowed hundreds of veterans to receive critical medication or a major mistake that brought the agency under federal investigation.”
Full Article At: “https://newsok.com/article/5606032/oklahoma-department-of-veterans-affairs-hired-nurse-who-wrote-fake-prescription-to-review-medical-records”
This is clearly ‘War Profiteering’, and since that time-frame of this drop in the bucket law$uit for 3M, we have been in constant WAR, I believe 3M should OWE VETERANS BILLIONS, that $9.1 Million really is chump-change that 3M tosses at dancing monkeys regularly just to pay to continue to pollute…in each State they have toxic plants in…I know, I grew-up in a very small farm town that 3M was able to pay a yearly recurring pollution fine, whereas my own family’s factory business since Industrial age of 1800’s was stomped out of business by these war profiteering toxic polluters, because my ,om and pop family factory could not afford to “Pay To Pollute and Play”…so this $9.1 Million is a low-hanging fruit that 3M is being given preferential treatment to continue supplying the machine, toxicities and dead soldiers in their wake…
…this really is war profiteering.
Had the VA designed the military earplugs, they would have been made of silly putty.
Have you noticed more “private attorneys” are advertising for clients with cancer over Monsanto’s use of the weed killer Round-Up?
Too bad veterans didn’t have that kind of support when we needed help!
Oh, on your “silly putty”. I kinda remember when we were kids using it in our ears!??????
It mighta done a better job than 3M’s defective product!?????
Dear Benjamin Krause,
Sure 3M is to blame but not all the way:
This is a line of crap—“‘Through rigorous enforcement of the False Claims Act, we protect taxpayer dollars from waste, fraud, and abuse,’ said U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon for the District of South Carolina. ‘And in this case in particular, we are proud to defend the integrity of our military programs and ensure that our men and women in uniform are adequately protected as they serve our country.’”
To clearly state it correctly—-Management failed to protect the employee for 18 years and decided to go after the Manufacturer using their attorneys.
This item failure should have been detected immediately and Management/Procurement should have had the item corrected within Months.
Did not Management test this produce before purchase????
No—- this produce failure went on for decades! [Sounds like the VA]
Is there not a time period that Management knew the “employees” were get zapped by this defective product? Management somewhere along the line made a conscious effort to ignore corrective actions.
Did not one person complain about these defective earplugs?
Did not one Doctor notice a trend in deaf veterans?
Did Procurement at the DOD not hear one word that these items were crap?
Why did management keep buying them for 18 years straight?
Who bought this item?
Who in Management requested this Manufacturer?
Where was U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon when the Generals were trading out expensive sniper barrels for much cheaper ineffective barrels?
Where was U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon on the delayed care of our veterans?
Where is U. S. Attorney Sherri Lydon on the disappeared bio suits years ago?
Or the vaccines the soldiers had to take? Etc, etc. etc….
“’And in this case in particular, we are proud to defend the integrity of our military programs and ensure that our men and women in uniform are adequately protected as they serve our country.’”
Yeah, she is making sure no one looks at the idiots running the DOD and she is defending the DOD “integrity” so the DOD can keep on going on squeezing the “money” out our remaining industry in this country without any accountability.
Hey Sherri, where are those missing Trillions of Taxpayers Dollars?
[Donald Rumsfeld 09/10/2001—was the first time, and now just recently]
What is $9,100,000 compared to $4,000,000,000,000?
“Low hanging fruit,” Sherri?
I believe it was reported about a year ago, the DOD had something like $10 TRILLION DOLLARS go missing! Poof!
I wonder who created the garbage ones in the 80s single sided ones that were pathetic, maybe the lawsuit didn’t go back enough years if 3m has always been the producer of earplugs for the military.
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