Buffalo VA employee cites continuing problems | WIVB.com

VA employee cites continuing problems | WIVB.com.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As trouble surrounds the V.A. Hospital in Buffalo, an employee has come forward with claims of serious problems at the facility.

The V.A. has been doing damage control in recent months after news spread of the re-use of insulin pensat its Buffalo facility, damaged and missing files at the Buffalo and Batavia facilities, and bonuses being given to administrators even while problems mount in WNY and other facilities across the country.

Now an employee at the Buffalo V.A. Hospital is sounding the alarm, saying he still has genuine concerns, despite V.A. assurances that the problems are being handled. To protect his identity, News 4 is calling the employee “Joe.”

Joe is a veteran who has worked at the hospital for the past five years.

“It took me a while to come to you,” Joe said. “The reason I’m very frustrated is because I don’t believe people are doing the right thing at the Buffalo V.A.”

Joe says he was shocked when he saw our story about the thousands of mixed up or damaged medical records.

“I’m hearing the records are fine and everything…that might have been the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Joe said.

Though V.A. officials said the records were “fully restored,” Joe says that simply isn’t true. An additional 70 boxes of records were found and still haven’t been put into the proper locations.

In a statement, the V.A. said, “The process is ongoing.”…..

VA employee cites continuing problems

Buffalo VA Employee Sentenced for Accepting $40,000 from a VA Contractor

.Gregory Szarpa, 60, of Sloan, N.Y., who was convicted of receiving illegal gratuities as a

public official, was sentenced to one year in prison and one year supervised release by

U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that

Szarpa was employed as an electrician and purchasing agent at the Department of

Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. Between 1992 and 2008, the defendant

accepted gift certificates, gift cards, and cash totaling approximately $40,000 from sales

agents with Lawson Products, Inc. Szarpa accepted these gifts for official acts performed,

that is, the purchase of products on behalf of the VA Hospital from Lawson Products.