Dayton VA employee facing charges

VA Medical Center, Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
VA Medical Center, Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON. Ohio (WDTN) – We’ve learned new information about a Dayton Veterans Affairs employee, who police say falsified records.

Detectives have spent nearly a year investigating this case, after 62-year old Calvin Coleman, a Middletown Veteran was found dead. The employee who said he visited that veteran has a criminal background, but was hired by the VA anyway.

Now officials hope what happened in March, doesn’t happen again.

“When the officers responded they found Coleman had a mark on his face, an abrasion. There was also skin peeling off of his legs. Due to the suspicious circumstances investigators and the coroner’s office came out” said Lt. Scott Reeve with the Middletown Police Department.

It turned out the veteran died of heart disease. After reviewing records, officials found a Dayton VA home health care worker assigned to Coleman’s case lied about records.

“We did question him a couple of days ago, but he is still sticking to his story” said Lt. Reeves.

Not only that, the health care worker had a criminal history – including burglary and domestic violence.

The VA’s background checks look 5 years into someone’s past. The employee’s criminal record dated past that….

Police expect to charge the Dayton VA employee with negligence, falsifying records and possibly theft this week.
The employee reports he visited Coleman the day before his body was found, but according to the coroner that’s not possible.

“Due to the amount of decomposition to Calvin’s body, they knew this could not have happened. He died three or four days before his body was discovered” said Lt. Reeve.

Statement from the Dayton VA:

“We take these allegations seriously and have launched an internal investigation, including a 100% review of the employee’s records and conducting interviews with all other patients on the employee’s caseload.  We are also cooperating fully with the Office of the Inspector General and the Middletown Police Department to the extent that we are permitted by law.  The employee has been detailed to a job which does not involve face-to-face patient interaction while these investigations continue.”

 

 

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