Attorney general investigates Grand Rapids veterans home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – Michigan’s attorney general says his office is investigating allegations of mistreatment at a state-run nursing home for veterans and is encouraging potential victims or witnesses to come forward.

Bill Schuette on Wednesday confirmed that his office’s Health Care Fraud Division started the investigation in February after an audit uncovered problems at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

“The men and women who have served our country deserve the very best of care. They protected our country, and now we have the duty and responsibility to protect them,” said Schuette.

The audit said workers falsely claimed they were checking on patients, failed to properly investigate allegations of abuse and neglect, and took too long to fill prescriptions. Auditors also said the 415-resident facility provided insufficient care and had inadequate staffing levels.

Veterans Affairs Agency Director James Redford took over after the audit and promised improvements. He tells our sister station WOOD-TV things are moving in the “right direction” but staffing levels still need to be boosted.

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