DIANA RUBENS (WHO DEFIED CONGRESSIONAL
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On the morning of October 21, 2014, then Philadelphia V.A. Director Diana Rubens laughed out loud as she strutted about the building mocking a Congressional committee that was holding hearings on fraud and corruption at the Veterans Administration.
The fierce feminist and open lesbian had reason to feel cocky. She had plenty of female friends in high places and knew her position was secure, no matter what the pesky politicians dug up on her.
Ruben's smile evaporated when she was compelled to testify earlier this month before the House Armed Services Committee, chaired by no-nonsense Rep. Jeff Miller of Fla. Along with another "golden girl" in the V.A. bureaucracy, Kimberly Graves, Diana took the Fifth Amendment and hunkered down for what was to come.
She shouldn't have worried.
HER "PUNISHMENT" A SLIGHT DEMOTION
Investigated for being recipient of an astounding $288,000 in "relocation" expenses (thanks to now-hastily resigned super-achiever Allison Hickey, then Undersecretary of Veterans Benefits), one would think the much-feared boss would get the boot from V.A. Director Robert McDonald.
After all, hadn't Bobby claimed he was there to clean up corruption and rid the system of cheats and crooks? Why, McDonald is a West Point graduate, don't you know?
Instead, Rubens can heave a sigh of relief. Her "punishment" was not losing her job. She just doesn't get to keep as much loot. McDonald demoted Diana to "assistant director" and shipped her to Houston. She was making a paltry $181,000 in her old job. Let's hope this time, defiant Diana doesn't get another obscene check for that "duty transfer."
GAL PAL WENT FROM GS-7 TO GS-15
Observers want to know if Rubens will take her reputed live-in lover Kimberly Beale with her. Those in the know say Rubens and Beale have been an item ever since they met at the infamous Phoenix V.A. There, Beale was a lowly GS-7, but documents show the younger woman soon leapfrogged over others and ended up a GS-15 only eight years later.
What about the ongoing DOJ IG investigation of Rubens and Kimberly Graves (see related stories box below)? There's talk that the FBI is considering filing criminal charges.
"Not to worry," says an informed source in Washington. "Diana knows where all the bodies are buried. McDonald won't want her talking out of turn. Neither does other V.A. big shots. She's safe, at least for now."
And anyway, Obama controls the Department of Justice. Odds are in the end, they won't move against her. Rubens has one more card to play. LGBT. What once would have been the kiss of death to a federal career, now is about the most iron-clad "insurance policy" against dismissal one could have.
Rubens can start laughing again, if she hasn't already.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: -- We have begun a full-bore investigation into allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse of disabled veterans at the Togus, Maine VAMC. A vast majority of the workers there do an outstanding job. It's the well-paid rats we're after. Use the contact button above to tell us all you know. Your identity will be protected.]
|WHISTLEBLOWERS RETALIATED AGAINST - TRUMP
VOWS TO "FIRE" CORRUPT BUREAUCRATS AT V.A.
WHILE HILLARY CLINTON CLAIMS ACCUSATIONS
SICK VETS STILL WAITING FOR HEALTH CARE
"OVERBLOWN" - SAYS "NOT AS WIDESPREAD AS IT
MADE OUT TO BE" - CHARGES REPUBLICAN PLOT
|ALLISON HICKEY RESIGNS AT THE V.A. - SHE THE
BUREAUCRAT WHO APPROVED AN OBSCENE
$300,000 "MOVING ALLOWANCE" FOR ANOTHER
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL - RETIRED
AIR FORCE ACADEMY GRAD AND BRIGADIER
GENERAL WAS UNDER SECRETARY FOR BENEFITS
ACTION COMES IN WAKE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
PROBE OF "IRREGULARITIES" IN PROMOTIONS
AND REIMBURSEMENTS OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES
|TWO V. A. DIRECTORS DEFY CONGRESSIONAL
COMMITTEE - REFUSE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS
ABOUT CORRUPTION - DIANA RUBENS SCORED
$288,000 IN "RELOCATION" EXPENSES - HAS
LIVE-IN LESBIAN LOVER PROMOTED FROM GS-7
TO GS-15 IN JUST EIGHT YEARS - KIMBERLY
GRAVES GOT $130,000 FOR MOVE FROM D.C.
TO ST. PAUL, MINN. - BOTH GAL PALS OF NOW
RESIGNED UNDER SECRETARY ALLISON HICKEY