Former VA nursing assistant said she checked on an ill veteran hourly. She lied and he died.

Abbie Bennett
November 20, 2019 - 3:39 pm
Bedford VA Medical Center

VA

A former Department of Veterans Affairs nursing assistant allegedly told investigators that she checked on an ill veteran. 

But she lied, investigators say. And the veteran died.

Patricia A. Waible, 52, of Nashua, N.H., was a nursing assistant at the Bedford VA. In 2016, she was working overnight -- midnight to 8 a.m. -- in the nursing home unit.

During her shift, Waible was responsible for conducting hourly bed checks on the patients in the nursing home, including a veteran with "several serious medical ailments," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Massachusetts. 

Early that morning, the seriously ill veteran who was not identified by the Justice Department was "found unresponsive and not breathing." He was transferred by ambulance to an emergency room, where he was later pronounced dead. 

During the following investigation, "on two separate occasions," Waible "falsely stated to federal agents that she had conducted the hourly checks on the patient during her shift," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In July 2019, Waible was charged and agreed to plead guilty to two counts of making false statements, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. On Nov. 20, she was sentenced in federal court to one year of probation. 

Waible was not charged in the unnamed veteran's death. The Justice Department did not release details on the veteran's cause of death. 

Reach Abbie Bennett: abbie@connectingvets.com or @AbbieRBennett.

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