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VA keeping violent criminals on the payroll, even after they reoffend

The Department of Veterans Affairs is reportedly keeping criminals on their payroll. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

According to the Daily Caller, the Department of Veterans Affairs  in Alaska held open an accountant position for a man who was serving time in prison for committing murder. On top of that, the VA of hired a convicted child molester, whom they kept on the payroll as a "health aide" while he repeatedly offended.

Kevin Kenja Campbell, the health aide, pleaded guilty to felony sexual abuse of a minor in 2002, according to court records reviewed by The DCNF. He was later hired at the Anchorage, Alaska, VA. Multiple employees of the hospital said he was subsequently arrested for stabbing a man with a bottle while skipping work, and that the department kept him on the payroll while he went back to jail.

Court records show that Campbell has an extended rap sheet, having been charged with harassment and family violence in 2001, assault and DUI in 2004, failing to register as a sex offender in 2005, an alcohol offense in 2009, and charged again with family violence and a DUI in 2013.

It doesn't stop there. Campbell continued committing felonious crimes well into 2015. Oddly enough, his paychecks from the VA continued through to that year as well.

In January 2015, he was charged with family violence yet again for assault in the presence of a child, and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. In February 2015, he was charged with felony assault, drug possession, and failure to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in 2016 to resolve that case.

Campbell could not be reached for comment. VA spokesman Randy Noller refused to provide the dates of Campbell’s employment, but said he is not a current employee. Federal pay records show he drew a salary between at least the years 2010 through 2015.

While Campbell is presently off the payroll, convicted killer Michael N. Alvin is still on the government payroll, working as the head accountant at one federal hospital in Alaska that held his job open for him while he was serving time in prison for hitting a man while driving drunk, and then driving away. The 1996 incident saw Alvin charged with manslaughter, but a plea deal bumped it down to criminally negligent homicide. He was released just four years later in 2000.

Local VA union president at the time, Kevin McGee, admits that he had intervened on behalf of Alvin at the time, telling the Daily Caller, "I said give him a chance, why not?"

“He’s as arrogant about it as anyone I’ve ever met. Not ashamed that he killed a guy,” an employee said of Alvin.

Alvin didn't just keep his accounting job, however.

In addition to working as an accountant for the Anchorage VA, Alvin served as vice president of the local American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) union and also operated a side firm that did the union’s taxes. The union was faulted for tax problems and its president, McGee, was convicted of fraud. But the VA did not fire McGee.

The VA employs numerous criminals, including kidnappers, rapists, and child molesters. This includes Fredrick Kevin Harris, who continued to receive paychecks behind bars as he awaited manslaughter charges for an elderly veteran he had beaten to death.

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