VA ends lease for halted W. Pa. outpatient center

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has terminated its lease with an Ohio company that was building a $75 million outpatient center north of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ( ) reports the move comes a month after the VA decided to halt construction of the center while the department’s Office of Inspector General investigates the main contractor.

That is VA Butler Partners Co. of Cleveland, which is a recent offshoot of Westar Development Corp.

The VA hasn’t said what its investigation uncovered, though Westar has said it fired a senior vice president who was indicted and later entered a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Cleveland last month..

Authorities have said those allegations, which involved theft of $226,000 from an FBI construction project in Tennessee, aren’t related to the Butler VA impasse.


Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

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