VA Supervisor's Home Improvement Projects Done on Taxpayers' Dime

A supervisor in facility management at the West Haven VA Hospital had workers making improvements to her home on taxpayer time with material stolen from the VA.

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A supervisor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing from the federal government by using VA supplies, tools and even federal employees to work on projects at her own home.

Venita Godfrey-Scott, 47, of New Haven had the employees under her supervision work on a deck in her back yard, install a carpet and make various improvements to her kitchen, bathroom and basement.

The total cost of theft, as near as law enforcement officials can figure out, was somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000. The thieving occurred from roughly 2010 to 2013.

After pleading guilty in Federal District Court in Hartford to one count of theft of government property, Godfrey-Scott now faces as much as 10 years in a federal facility of a much different sort than the one she worked at.

Here are excerpts of a news release about Godfrey-Scott's case, from the Office of the United States Attorney for Connecticut:

Venita Godfrey-Scott, 47, of New Haven, waived her right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez in Hartford to one count of theft of government property, which she used for various home improvement projects.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Godfrey-Scott was employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) at the Medical Center in West Haven as a supervisor in the Facilities Management Service, which is responsible for carpentry, paint, locks, doors, and other minor construction projects at the Medical Center. 


Godfrey-Scott directed the employees to use materials, supplies, tools, and vehicles belonging to the VA, and also had the employees purchase necessary materials at local stores using her government-issued credit card. 

Some of the projects were performed during regular work hours. [...]

Godfrey-Scott is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny in Hartford on August 4, 2014, at which time she faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This case is being investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, the Department of Veterans Affairs Police and the General Services Administration Office of Inspector General Northeast Regional Investigations Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Neeraj N. Patel.

Fred May 16, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Government employees doing what they do. Thinking about themselves while complaining about their lot in life. Are the workers going to be fired? The VA has a clear procedure to file complaints to the Inspector General. They must've known that doing these things was improper and if they did nothing about it, they need to be fired. They simply can't be that stupid.
REVMAN May 17, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Disgusting --Firing is to good for them serious Jail time is even to good for them.
Daniella Ruiz May 19, 2014 at 03:06 PM
oh fer crying out loud! what is it with some of these nitwits? whenever they 'include' other people in their master scheme, they must know someone will spill the beans! i say she was too overconfident, perhaps held those people like slaves or under some other obligation (to keep their mouth shut). i'm glad the feds are getting a few of these at least. maybe it was sting, and she got stung?
Craig Zac June 03, 2014 at 08:56 AM
My God, everyone thinks they're a Politician these days!


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