MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing.

Last month, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter. The practice is known as schedule “scrubbing.”

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The four Minnesota lawmakers said Wednesday the VA’s inspector general has started an investigation. A spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office says the announcement of the inquiry was a routine courtesy to the state’s congressional delegation.

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Cincinnati-based Sterling Medical Associates runs the clinic. Sterling has said the clinic never ordered its employees to backdate appointments.

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