Civilian steals $15,000 from veterans

| November 10, 2012

Adam Jose Cora met Robert Granger, a veteran, in jail. When Cora was released, Granger gave him his discharge papers which Cora used to scam $15,000 worth of medical treatment from a West Palm Beach VA facility, according to the Palm Beach Post. Cora’s scam was discovered when VA personnel noticed that they hadn’t been treating the guy in the photo they had on file;

After being arrested by Riviera Beach police on Wednesday, Cora admitted to using Granger’s identity to access medical care because he could not afford it elsewhere. Cora faces one charge of fraudulently obtaining services from a health care provider and one charge of criminal use of personal identification.

Officials at the hospital said they could not comment because the investigation was ongoing.

Mary Kay Hollingsworth, regional public affairs officer for the VA, said hospitals always ask a patient for a photo identification and input the biographical information into a national database to confirm the person is eligible for benefits. Hollingsworth added that they usually recommend veterans present their military discharge papers if their name is not found in the database.

But if a patient comes into the emergency room and needs immediate care, hospital officials will first make sure the patient is treated and stabilized, and then will verify the person’s eligibility.

I’m constantly amazed at how people off the street always find a way to get VA benefits, but tens of thousands of veterans are backlogged in the system.

Category: Veterans' Affairs Department

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  1. SJ says:

    From the headline I was confused. I thought the civilian was Obama but then $15K wouldn’t buy Moochelle a handbag.

  2. Just an Old Dog says:

    People wonder why we go off because people claim to be vets and aren’t. From every drug-addled homeless poser to the college graduate who makes a fake resume, they are taking bread out of the mouth of real veterans and their families.

  3. Devtun says:

    Actually stole from the gov’t paid for by the 50% of Americans who actually pay taxes …thats OK because now and into the foreseeable future its free stuff all the time. Healthcare, food stamps, welfare checks, phones, condoms, birth control pills, breast implants – yes sir, Santa Clause is here…this is what the voters want – free stuff. Romney promised to create 12 million new jobs eh? Well…who needs jobs?

  4. TSO in Cabo says:

    It’s VHA versus VBA. It’s easy to get the services from VHA, I got it within a few hours, but getting actual Benefits, is very difficult.

  5. DaveA says:

    Remember in 2008, Obama said the American people don’t care how big the government is as long as it is efficient, FTO

  6. LebbenB says:

    I don’t know who to be angrier at -Cora, for scamming the VA or Granger, for giving away his hard earned benefits.

  7. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    I say, line up 15,000 veterans and let them get $1 worth out of both these jerks, one punch or kick at a time.

  8. Just an Old Dog says:

    I’m betting the “benefits” the asshat got had a lot to do with “pain Management”… in other words getting vicodine/morphine/hydrocodene that he could either get stoned on or sell on the street. TSO is right on the money about them being freehanded with medical care and stingy with the pensions. Keeping a full appointment schedule justifies their existing. Them paying out pensions takes a cut out of their budget. I haven’t had a single VA doctor appt in years that wasn’t a sham to document me being there, give me some bullshit line and hustle me out the door.