Skip to main content

No criminal charges against former chief of St. Paul VA office

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Federal prosecutors will not press charges against a former top executive at the St. Paul Veterans Affairs office.

Kimberly Graves has been under fire since September, when a VA investigation found that she'd abused her position for financial gain.

The VA inspector general referred Graves' case – and a similar one involving an executive at the Philadelphia office – to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, which said Monday it will not press charges, the Associated Press reports.

Allegations against Graves

The VA's report this fall said Graves forced a lower-ranking manager into a job transfer and then took over the vacant St. Paul position herself, keeping the $173,949 salary she'd been paid in Washington while reducing her responsibilities.

The investigation also found she'd inappropriately claimed moving expenses of nearly $130,000 for relocating from Washington D.C. to Minnesota.

In declining to prosecute Graves or Diana Rubens, the U.S. Attorney's office said it's up to the VA to take whatever administrative action is appropriate, the Star Tribune reports.

Demotion in the works

Graves directed the St. Paul office of the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA said in November that she was being demoted and would move to another office, reportedly to Phoenix.

According to the AP, Graves' demotion is on hold until a paperwork mixup can be straightened out.

Meanwhile, the Star Tribune says a congresswoman from Arizona has asked that Graves not be sent to that state, arguing that the VA facility in Phoenix already has enough problems.

Next Up

image

Around 200 rescued after ice breaks free on Upper Red Lake

Red Lake — both Upper and Lower — is the largest freshwater lake in the state.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 9.38.30 AM

St. Paul featured on Hallmark Channel's 'Christmas Cam' livestream

Downtown's dazzling display can be viewed from anywhere in the world.

JamborMugshot

Charges: Drunk driver almost struck Bemidji parade spectators

The man told police he was trying to attend the parade himself.

6

The SCHEELS Experience

Whether looking for reliable hunting and fishing gear or new clothing and shoes, Eden Prairie SCHEELS is a one-stop shopping experience for the whole family.

0

Charges: Man fatally shot ex's new partner as he dined at Bloomington restaurant

Criminal charges filed Monday detail an alleged motive in the shooting.

MetallicaLiveLondonWikimedia

Metallica to perform 2 nights in Minneapolis on 2023-24 World Tour

The heavy metal rock band returns to the state for the first time since 2018.

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.

Related