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


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.

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