WV veterans nursing home amassed $5M in unpaid bills

West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice says an audit has revealed more than $5 million in unpaid bills at a state veterans nursing facility in Clarksburg.

Justice says in a news release state Veterans Assistance Secretary Dennis Davis requested the audit after learning of the problems in August. Justice says the financial problems date back to 2013 and occurred before the implementation of a new state financial management system.

The statement says employee interviews and record reviews were made during on-site visits in October. The state auditor’s office also reviewed facility invoices.

Justice says arrangements are being made to pay vendors to ensure continuous care for the facility’s 110 veterans.

The statement says new leadership was appointed at the facility in early December and a new chief financial officer was appointed last week at the Department of Veterans Assistance.

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