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This Man Stole From Veterans for Strippers, Sex, and Gambling

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More trouble for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, after a 2013 audit revealed over $478,000 missing from a Veterans Canteen Service retail store located on VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System property in Michigan. The audit led to an investigation, which led to another shocking discovery.

According to the Detroit News:

A former federal employee admitted embezzling about $150,000 from a Veterans Affairs retail store and blowing the cash on strippers, prostitutes and gambling sprees, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Glenn Alan Bates, 57, of Saline schemed to steal money from a VA retail store — or canteen — he managed in Ann Arbor, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Bates had an extensive criminal record before working in the store, but was hired to manage it anyway.

This story comes on the heels of nine U.S. Senators (both Democrat and Republican), who are releasing a report detailing the problems in the VA and announcing legislation that would investigate all 56 branch offices.

Let’s hope we can shine a light on the problems that need to be fixed, because those who serve our country deserve the best, not bureaucracy and neglect- and certainly not theft.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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