Lawsuit alleges VA staff member stole from veteran

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–A lawsuit filed on Monday alleged a Veteran Affairs staff member stole from a veteran.

The six-page lawsuit named five state employees,including commissioner Linda Schwartz, all of whom, the lawsuit says, had a hand in emptying a veterans bank account without him being able to see, hear, or know what was going on.

Veteran Robert Nagle had more than $50,000 taken out of his bank account just days after he was admitted to the VA facility in Rocky Hill.

Through a Freedom of Information Request, News 8 obtained internal emails about the case showing that VA employees questioned how much Nagle was understanding about the process, even though he was signing legal papers without an attorney or family there.

On Monday, News 8 talked to the attorney who filed the suit, who said that if this happened in a private facility, people would be in jail.

“If you were a private nursing home and you did exactly that, you know where you’d be? You’d be in jail. Because these people work for the state of Connecticut it doesn’t mean it’s okay, it makes it even worse,” the attorney said.

There’s no talk about settlement amount because the suit asks for a jury trial.

News 8 reached out to the Department of Veteran Affairs, but they had not yet been served the lawsuit. News 8 sent them a copy, and they said they were looking it over.

They have not yet made comment.

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