Rep. Coffman calls on Veterans boss to fire two former directors

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By Kieran Nicholson

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman on Tuesday called for the firing of two former executives in the Veterans Administration.

Coffman, Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, called on Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Alan McDonald to fire Diana Rubens, former Director of the Veterans Benefit Administration Philadelphia Regional Office, and Kimberly Graves, former Director of the VBA’s St. Paul Regional Office.

Coffman, in a media release, said the pair were demoted Friday for fraudulently bilking U.S. taxpayers out for more than $400,000.

Rubens and Graves both inappropriately used their positions to create vacancies, which they could then fill, for their own financial benefit, Coffman said. They collected the hefty sum through moving expenses when they relocated to fill the positions they created, the release said.

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