FOX 31 Denver
BY ROB LOW
JULY 24, 2018
"Long lunches, I mean watching movies, reading books. I mean I was doing school work. I`m not going to lie I did not have any work assigned. I spent the majority of my time doing school work," said whistblower No. one, who happened to be a paid intern making $47,214 a year to help conduct information technology audits.
DENVER -- Imagine making close to $100,000 a year and having nothing to do at the office.
It's what Denver whistleblowers say was reality for employees at the local Office of the Inspector General for Veterans Affairs.
That's the very division in charge of wiping out waste, fraud and abuse for the medical system that serves the nation's veterans.
"These are your tax dollars that are paying the salaries of these individuals to sit in an office and do absolutely nothing all day," said one anonymous whistleblower to the Problem Solvers.
"After a while it became a joke," is how a second whistleblower described it.
"Come into work and pretty much staring at the wall all day kind of just hanging out every day pretty much with nothing to do."
Both whistleblowers filed complaints with the Office of Special Counsel in Washington, stating an office of 11 employees basically did no work from April 2017 to April 2018.
The combined salaries of those employees during that time frame totaled more than $1.2 million.
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