Search Site

Manager at Philadelphia VA Uses Twitter to Threaten Whistleblowers

Veterans Administration locations across the country have been the subject of a great deal of scrutiny over the past year and half. A recent report reveals a manager at the Philadelphia Department of Veterans Affairs’ regional office tweeted out threats to whistleblowers last year on the same day investigators arrived at the location to inspect allegations of fraud at the facility.

The account used the handle @lina_g148, which led many to believe it was the account of Lina Giampa, a human resources manager for the Philadelphia VA. The agency is looking to suspend or fire eight employees who were involved in the scandal and whose part in it was revealed during the investigation. These employees were involved with changing the dates of claims to make it look like there was a reduced backlog at the VA. Investigators also discovered more than 31,000 inquiries from veterans in the area were not responded to for more than a year.

The tweets, apparently directed at the whistleblower who alerted authorities to the fraudulent practices, read: “Your accomplice is a piece of *expletive* too. Say it to my face. Oh wait — that would require guts which you don’t have you coward. #coward.”

Another tweet read: “So all you need to do is make false allegations and suddenly it’s gospel. You know who you are you piece of *expletive*. You & your accomplice.”

These tweets, sent in June 2014, were only recently discovered. Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania sent a letter to the Philadelphia regional VA director asking for a timely investigation into these tweets, as threatening a whistleblower is a serious offense.

To learn more about the rights of whistleblowers and the protections they have against retaliation, meet with reliable Dallas attorney Steve Kardell at Whistleblower Law for Managers.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Awards & Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
As Seen In
In his new book, "Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country," former client & Author, Ashley Yablon, quotes Attorney Steve Kardell about Whistelblower Law.
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.