Former Cincinnati VA chief's criminal trial begins amid skirmish over audio recordings


A last-minute skirmish over interrogation recordings set the stage Monday for the hotly contested criminal trial of Dr. Barbara Temeck, a former Cincinnati VA chief of staff who is accused of illegally prescribing pain pills to the wife of her former boss.

The charges stem from a 2016 investigation by WCPO and the Scripps Washington Bureau, which spent several months exploring management concerns that 34 hospital whistleblowers raised. That report, “Dereliction of Duty,” presented evidence that Dr. Temeck wasn’t properly licensed when she prescribed hydrocodone and diazepam to the wife of former VA Network Director Jack Hetrick in 2012 and 2013.

By the time the report was published, the VA’s Office of Inspector General had already interviewed Dr. Temeck, launching an investigation that led to her indictment last May.  Former Cincinnati VA chief's criminal trial begins amid skirmish over audio recordings

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