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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Government worker paid to serve time for armed robbery

This is the most corrupt government ever. The Soviets were pikers compared to the Swamp Things that run our federal government.

Hot Air reported VA worker Elizabeth Rivera Rivera not only kept her job after she went to prison for armed robbery but she was awarded back pay because a Democratic Party-backing union fought to rip off taxpayers.

From Hot Air:
When veterans at the Puerto Rico VA hospital come to the social work department seeking counseling and guidance, the secretary greeting them, Elizabeth Rivera Rivera, will be wearing a GPS monitor ankle bracelet, a condition of her probation.
Rivera was driving around Puerto Rico in the middle of the night on a Monday with Rolando Rio Febus and robbed a couple at gunpoint. Rivera was charged with armed robbery and her companion with armed robbery and gun charges.
Rebus’ bail was set at $2 million due to multiple previous arrests on gun charges. Bail for Rivera was set at $100,000, which she could not pay, leaving her to miss work while she sat in jail.
A Department of Veterans Affairs employee in Puerto Rico was fired after being arrested for armed robbery, but her union quickly got her reinstated — despite a guilty plea — by pointing out that management’s labor relations negotiator is a registered sex offender, and the hospital’s director was once arrested and found with painkiller drugs.
Holy moley.

More from Hot Air.
Employees said the union demanded her job back and pointed out that Tito Santiago Martinez, the management-side labor relations specialist in Puerto Rico, who is in charge of dealing with the union and employee discipline, is a convicted sex offender. Martinez reportedly disclosed his conviction to the hospital and VA hired him anyway, reasoning that “there’s no children in [the hospital], so they figure I could not harm anyone here.”
The union’s position — that another employee committed a crime and got away with it, so this one should, too — has been upheld by the highest civil service rules arbiters, and has created a vicious Catch-22 where the department’s prior indefensible inaction against bad employees has handcuffed it from taking action now against other scofflaws.
Enough. Get rid of the VA health system. Give veterans a card like we do Medicaid recipients and let them use the regular health system.

And end union representation of federal workers. Civil Service is enough protection for them. And I am beginning to question that.


  1. Alas, common sense does not prevail, much less justice. Even FDR was against government unionization.

    I am a disabled veteran, so I have firsthand experience dealing with the VA Healthcare System. On some things they do okay, but on other things they are abysmal. Since I live over 40 miles away from the VAMC I received a card to use in the Medicaid/Medicare system, as you suggested. The problem is that I have to call an 800 number to have it activated. Yep. I can dial the number at 8 a.m., put the phone on speaker, and listen to it ring all day. Nobody ever answers it to activate my card.

    As far as Puerto Rico is concerned, I say give it back to Spain. If they refuse to take it back, I suggest letting the US Navy use it for target practice until it sinks.

    - Elric

  2. Unions do seem to love their criminal members.

    1. The labor mafias can't really tell the difference between criminals and members.

  3. Right. The VA should be abolished. Totally. Dept of Education next.

  4. I agree with Elric. This is a PR problem. Time to decolonize the island. Let Obama's new pals, the Cubans, have it...if they want it.

  5. Our veterans deserve better than the lousy job the VA is doing. Considering the dead weight and extensive infrastructure that department controls, it would be cheaper to do what Elric says, give veterans a card and let them use the hospitals and doctors in their communities and dump the VA.

  6. It is not only that they are corrupt. It's that there are so god awful many of them leaching off the taxpayers. And between salary, benefits and pensions they clean up what most in the private sector can only dream of. Not to mention that the vast majority of them are all but unemployable in the private sector. Except maybe in "careers" that involve asking customers "if they want to supersize their fries".