Federal officials have announced the arrests of over a dozen people in a federal corruption case involving VA hospitals in Florida, WPTV-TV reports.
Officials announced Wednesday that they have arrested 15 people, who have been charged with corruption and fraud. Those arrested are accused of running a kickback scheme through Veterans Affairs hospitals in South Florida.
“It’s a very sad day in our country. These people have a duty to their job and their post,” said Ariana Fajardo Orshan, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. “I am sad to report there are a few bad apples that have been arrested.”
The fraud operation, which has been traced back as far as 2009, involved VA employees would teaming up with certain vendors and place orders for items such as medical supplies.
Those employees would then go onto a VA computer and say the orders were filled, when in reality, they were not. Those employees would then get a portion of the money that was paid to them by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
If convicted, those arrested could face up to 50 years behind bars.