Hamlin previously served as director of the VA medical centers in Lexington, Kentucky, and Boise, Idaho.
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When she arrived at the Jackson VA, she said she was told “Dot Taylor controls the real estate” and that when she wanted to move her exam room closer to her medical assistant, she had to get Taylor’s permission.
25, 2013, the Jackson VA, with the approval of the Veterans Health Administration, placed her on indefinite suspension without pay based on “reasonable cause to believe she had committed a crime.”Less than a month later, the charges against her in Rankin County were dropped, and she won a job at the South Central VA Health Care Network, which oversees the Jackson VA and eight other VA hospitals, plus outpatient clinics and vet centers.
She earned $162,212 in annual pay and has since retired.
“It was listed in my application.”As for the conviction, he maintains it’s not true, saying he was falsely accused by his estranged wife seeking child custody.
Asked why he was convicted of a criminal offense then, he said he had a public defender who urged him to go ahead and plead so he could go on with his life.“This was all before sex offender registries,” he said.
He told a reporter there were no children in the hospital “so they figure I could not harm anyone here.”As a human resources official, he helped hire and fire employees at the hospital. Braxton Linton, who began working at the VA hospital just weeks after being released from prison for stealing $70,000 using credit card information he stole from his previous employer. Buying prosthetics with government-issued credit cards. After fellow employee Elizabeth Rivera reportedly took part in a late-night armed robbery, the VA Caribbean medical center gave her time off to serve her jail sentence on the misdemeanor charge to which she pleaded guilty. The head of the VA Caribbean medical center, De Wayne Hamlin, who earns $179,700 a year, was arrested April 26, 2014, after Florida police found he smelled of alcohol and had an oxycodone pill in his pocket for which he did not have a prescription.
He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was charged, but the case has since been dismissed.Although the witness didn’t see what happened, a pathologist concluded that Wheat’s injuries were consistent with a truck running over her.The witness said two white men then pulled up in a white truck, saying the woman needed to go to the hospital and loaded her into their truck.She had reportedly gotten a prescription for dozen doses (a three-day supply) of the opioid painkiller hydrocodone from a VA physician — only to get a prescription for a dozen doses of the same painkiller a day later from a doctor outside the VA hospital.According to documents obtained by the Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel, DEA agents were told Taylor had undergone a stint in drug rehab but afterward continued exhibiting signs of drug abuse, wearing dark sunglasses indoors and slurring her words by the end of the workday. Phyllis Hollenbeck echoed those claims in her 2013 testimony before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, saying Jackson VA officials had concerns regarding Taylor’s “abnormal behavior consistent with what is called an ‘impaired employee,’ especially due to possible substance abuse.”Despite such problems, Taylor wielded great power at the Jackson VA, Hollenbeck testified.She said physicians were angry with her because she insisted on following VA regulations and that she won numerous commendations for reaching and exceeding goals for health care at the VA.