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Amid VA probe in La., administrator on leave

1 year 3 months 1 week ago October 09, 2015 Oct 9, 2015 Friday, October 09 2015 October 09, 2015 7:45 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mark Armstrong, Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE – An administrator at the Louisiana Veteran’s Home in Jackson was placed on administrative leave with pay, WBRZ learned a day after reporting the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs resigned amid scandal.

There have been allegations that the administrator, identified as Todd Price, deleted records related to a patient accident at the home. Price is the Director of Nursing. The allegations are listed in a search warrant filed by the Office of the State Inspector for an investigation. Subordinates claim Price deleted the original incident report filed after a patient fell in March. The deletion happened a month later, in April.

Price was put on leave two weeks ago, it was revealed Friday. Thursday, Secretary David LaCerte announced his resignation. The governor's office appointed Thomas Enright to serve as interim secretary. While the Department of Veterans Affairs would not comment on LaCerte's quick resignation, sources said lawmakers were upset with how LaCerte handled their questions about issues related to homes.

The state nursing director for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Linda Theriot, is also accused in the cover up by staff at the nursing home.

LDVA confirms two investigations are underway, one by the OIG and one by the Legislative Auditors office. All five nursing homes under LDVA are part of the investigation.

 

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