A supervisor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been arrested, according to Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
A three-count indictment accuses Okey Wise, 64, of Bath of theft of government property, depredation of government property and making false statements to federal investigators.
The indictment alleges that Wise, who was arrested Friday, used his position of authority to steal raw materials from the local VA medical center. He accused of stealing wiring and other materials necessary for the medical center's backup generator to function.
The theft and destruction of the wiring system resulted in a power failure that left the hospital without access to its electronic records and other essential services, according to Dettelbach.
The indictment also alleges that Wise made false statements to federal officials investigating the incident.
"These government funds and property should have been used to care for our nation's heroes rather than to personally enrich a VA supervisor," Resident Agent in Charge Gavin McClaren said in a news release.