Senior official, Lucy Filipov, Assistant Director of the scandal-ridden Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs went beyond the pale when she “nudged” staff to attend psychic reading parties procuring the services of colleague Gary Hodge, Manager of the Pension Management Center’s wife.
Pursuant to an IG report, not only were VA employees expected to attend, they were forced to pay admittance, the fee of which ranged from $15 to $35 for services rendered.
Also in the report are findings that Hodge also a VA employee failed to disclose his wife’s income “on his 2013 and 2014 Confidential Financial Disclosure Reports, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Forms 450, which he certified as true, complete, and correct.”
Washington Free Beacon by Lachlan Markay
The report focused on a June 6 social gathering at Filipov’s home. She used her official VA email account to organize the event and recruit employees to attend and pay for Hodge’s wife’s services.
‘The employees told us of their reticence [sic] with their paid psychic participation, and said that they generally wanted to participate, but exhibited some reservation,’ the IG reported….
Thursday’s report suggests that Filipov’s inappropriate promotion of a colleague’s wife’s psychic business interests could exacerbate employee mistrust of VA management….
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