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Ex-head of Tomah VA allowed to resign, given settlement

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TOMAH, Wis. (AP) - -

The former head of the Tomah VA Medical Center was allowed to resign and given a settlement after allegations that painkillers were being overprescribed to patients.

Mario DeSanctis was fired from the hospital in 2015. But a USA Today investigation found he fought his dismissal and reached a deal in which he was allowed to resign. He and his attorney were paid $163,000.

The Tomah VA hospital was rocked in January 2015 by reports of inappropriate dosages of narcotic pain killers and retaliation against employees who questioned the practice.

DeSanctis did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press on Thursday.

Jason Simcakoski was a Marine who died in 2014 from a fatal combination of drugs. His widow, Heather Simcakoski, told the La Crosse Tribune the settlement was "really disappointing."

In a statement released by the State Commander of the Wisconsin American Legion Laurel Clewell, he called the settlement "an abomination". You can read the full statement below.


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