A Trump administration official wanted taxpayers to reimburse her for jewelry, clothing, and other items said to be worth nearly $50,000 that were stolen from her last year.
Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, filed a $47,000 claim for lost property, which included an Ivanka Trump-brand pendant said to be worth $5,900, according to Politico.
The Department of Health and Human Services reimbursed Verma $2,852.40 for her claim, a spokesperson for the federal agency she heads told Politico.
In her claim, Verma listed two dozen pieces of jewelry based off an appraisal that valued them at $43,065.
The appraisal was made by a jeweler three weeks after the theft, which took place while she was giving a speech in San Francisco in September 2018.
Seema Verma, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, filed a $47,000 claim for lost property, which included an Ivanka Trump-brand pendant said to be worth $5,900. Verma is seen above wearing the pendant in January 2018
Trump appointed Verma to head CMS, making her the second most powerful health official in the federal government
Verma claimed that the pendant (above) was among two dozen pieces of jewelry that were stolen from her while she was giving a speech in San Francisco in September 2018. The pendant is from the brand collection by Ivanka Trump (right), the president's daughter
The claim also included $2,000 to cover the cost of stolen clothing and another $2,000 to cover other items, including $325 for moisturizer and $349 for noise-canceling headphones.
Verma was partially reimbursed because HHS has a longstanding policy of paying for certain goods when they are lost during a work trip as long as they ‘are not inherently for other uses.’