Veterans Administration Manager Pushed Subordinates to Attend Psychic Readings

dMay 29, 2015

The Washington Free BeaconBY:

A senior Veterans Affairs official misused her position by encouraging subordinates to pay for psychic readings, federal watchdogs said on Thursday.

Lucy Filipov, the assistant director of the VA’s Philadelphia regional office, pressured employees to attend a private gathering, where a colleague’s wife charged them for the readings, the department’s inspector general said in a report.

Gary Hodge, the psychic’s husband and a pension manager in the regional office, failed to report income from his wife’s psychic business on financial disclosure forms, in apparent violation of ethics rules, the report found.

The report focused on a June 6 social gathering at Filipov’s home. She used her official VA email account to organize the event and recruit employees to attend and pay for Hodge’s wife’s services.

“The employees told us of their reticence [sic] with their paid psychic participation, and said that they generally wanted to participate, but exhibited some reservation,” the IG reported.

Despite their reluctance, employees who attended the event told the IG that they paid between $15 and $35 for Hodge’s wife’s services.

VA’s Philadelphia office, one of its largest regional centers, has been plagued by scandal over the last year in the wake of reports of rampant mismanagement and attempts to cover up abuses exposed by internal whistleblowers.

Thursday’s report suggests that Filipov’s inappropriate promotion of a colleague’s wife’s psychic business interests could exacerbate employee mistrust of VA management.

The IG expressed some confusion over whether she is a psychic or a medium.

“In general, a psychic is someone with the ability to see future events or discern someone’s fate, whereas a medium communicates with deceased spirits,” the report explains.

At varying times, Hodge’s wife described herself as a psychic and a medium. “Therefore, in the absence of a clear definition and based on records and testimony, we refer to Mr. Hodge’s spouse as both a psychic and a medium within this report.”

The IG concluded that Filipov violated federal ethics rules, which forbid employees from using their official positions to promote the financial interests of family, friends, or colleagues.

“When Ms. Filipov realized the spouse required a minimum of six attendees to pay for readings, she immediately began recruiting her subordinates and personal friends,” the IG found.

More at The Washington Free Beacon

Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.

4 thoughts on “Veterans Administration Manager Pushed Subordinates to Attend Psychic Readings

  1. Disturbing on so many levels. You have to wonder what the incentive was for Lucy Filipov and Gary Hodge to pressure employees into receiving a reading. It could not have been money because most psychics charge way more than $15-$35 a reading. Maybe there was some kind of mind control, social experiment or political manipulation or power play going on within the VA? I would encourage the reporters to dig deeper.

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