AG To Determine Nevada Liability in Veterans Audit

Veterans Affairs
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The attorney general's office is examining an audit critical of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services to determine the state's liability in poor record-keeping of veterans' accounts and to see if any charges should be filed.

"We're going to jump right on this," Attorney General Brian Sandoval said. "The state may have some exposure." He also said his staff would look at possible criminal conduct.

The veterans office failed to adequately record documents in receiving and spending more than $900,000 of money in the accounts of wards of the veterans office, according to a legislative audit released last week.

For example, the audit said it found the office received nearly $24,000 in income and paid about $23,000 in expenses for a veteran, but none of the transactions had supporting documentation.

In one case, a ward of the veterans' office contested payments of more than $1,400 deducted from his account. The office couldn't produce supporting documents, so the district court ordered the office to repay the ward.

Chuck Fulkerson, head of the veterans' office, said this was the program's first audit in 10 years. He said his office has had to assume responsibility of two veterans' cemeteries and the veterans' nursing home in Boulder City without additional staff.

Fulkerson said despite the sloppy bookkeeping, no money was ever reported missing.