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Schuette Charges 11 With Faking Records In Veterans Neglect Scandal

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Eleven former employees of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans have been charged with felonies for falsifying reports to reflect they made required patient visits when, instead, they were ignoring them. 

The charges allege the former employees filled out logs to show they visited patient rooms and responded to alerts that patients had left their beds and risked injury, even though video evidence showed they had not. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed the charges Monday in the Kent County District Court against the former employees of a private contractor hired by the state. 

“If the standard of care that veterans deserve is violated, then there are legal consequences,” said Schuette. 

Schuette says there wasn’t enough evidence to warrant tougher charges of abuse or neglect.  The former veterans home workers face up to four years in prison if convicted. 

A report last year by the state Auditor General found the veterans home was chronically understaffed and failed to investigate instances of abuse and neglect.  The report led to a shakeup in the leadership of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Schuette defended the state against a 2011 lawsuit that challenged the privatization of staff at the veterans home.  

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— Rick Pluta is the Managing Editor and Reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Rick Pluta is the managing editor for the Michigan Public Radio Network.
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