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Schuette Charges 11 With Faking Records In Veterans Neglect Scandal

Downtown Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids, Planning Dept.
Eleven former employess of a veterans home are charged with falsifying records.

Eleven former employees are charged with falsifying records at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

A report by the state Auditor General found the veterans home was chronically understaffed and failed to investigate instances of abuse and neglect.

Attorney General Bill Schuette then launched a criminal investigation, which found workers were writing down room and safety checks that never happened.

Schuette says that endangered patients.

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

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.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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