A federal grand jury found that between January and July, Capt. Bruce Allen Scheller possessed and attempted to possess pictures of children engaged in sexually explicit acts, according to a three- page indictment filed Wednesday.
Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn M. Clark said Scheller was placed on leave in July, after the FBI first notified hospital officials about the investigation into Scheller’s activities.
Scheller’s indictment is the latest in a string of scandals involving the VA hospital.
TAMPA – A former Department of Veterans Affairs police officer at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa was indicted Friday on identity theft charges.
James Richter, 43, of Plant City, also was charged with fraudulent use of unauthorized access devices, according to the indictment. If convicted on both counts, he could face up to 12 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Richter worked at Haley between August 2005 and February. He used a law enforcement database to gain access to personal information and used it to open fraudulent credit card accounts, the indictment said, and used the cards to make more than $24,000 in purchases, including a pickup and a motorcycle.
Richter was not believed to have accessed any personal information on patients at Haley, said Steve Cole, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office