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Congressman Cooper 'Outraged' Over VA Fraud Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Congressman Jim Cooper says he was outraged after learning about an unnamed Veterans Affair official in Nashville accused of misusing government resources and his position.

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General accused the employee of spending more than $140,000 on unauthorized travel expenses, with money that should have gone to mid-state veterans.

Exchanging sexually explicit photos on a government laptop, shopping sprees at Target and using a work expense card on entertaining women are just a few of the accusations against the employee.

Yesterday, Congressman Cooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, "outraged" the employee was given a promotion with a 100 percent performance review.

Smith explained,  " They have taken food out of children's mouths, they have affected families. I want it looked into beyond just this one person because something like this doesn't happen in a vacuum."

Vietnam veteran JC SMith with Operation Stand Down Nashville said, " I'm sure  he tempered his response with saying outraged. Congressman Cooper has always been a staunch supporter of veterans."

Congressman Cooper is requesting a full review of the employee and department, and wants questions answered.

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