Former Muskogee VA Medical Center Official Guilty Of Accepting Gratuity
MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - The former chief of prosthetics at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Muskogee pleaded guilty in federal court to having fence and driveway work done on his home paid for by a medical supply company, according to the US Attorney's Office in Muskogee.
Jeffrey Fisher, 37, of Broken Arrow pleaded guilty Tuesday to being a public official who received a gratuity.
The US Attorney's Office said the charge arose from an investigation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of the Inspector General.
In a news release, the government said that beginning in April 2009 and continuing through March 2010, Jeffrey Fisher "directly and indirectly did demand, seek, receive, accept and agree to receive and accept something of value personally." The information also says Fisher "solicited Al's Medical, Muskogee, Oklahoma, a medical supply company doing business with the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma to pay for construction and remodeling work on Fisher's private residence."
Following Fisher's plea, a federal judge ordered a presentence report. Once the report is completed, officials say a sentencing date will be set.
Fisher remains free on bond.
A Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center spokesperson said Fisher's last day of employment at the hospital was May 17, 2011.