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Former Dept. of Veterans Affairs employee sentenced for leaking medical records of Richard Ojeda and more

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A Huntington man was sentenced to six months in prison for illegally accessing the medical records of six veterans including those of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress in West Virginia, announced United States Attorney Mike Stuart. 

Jeffrey Miller, 40, a former Veterans Benefits Administration employee, was also sentenced to one year of supervised release.

Miller previously admitted that he illegally accessed the medical records of six veterans between January and May of 2018.  

Miller further admitted that he took a picture of the medical records of former West Virginia State Senator Richard Ojeda, and then sent the picture to an acquaintance.

“We must protect our veterans. Miller used his position with the Veterans Benefits Administration to illegally access the medical records of veterans,” said United States Attorney Mike Stuart. 

“Medical records are protected information and veterans have an expectation and right of privacy.  We will prosecute anyone who violates our veterans.”

The Department of Veterans Affairs – Officer of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)  conducted the investigation.  

United States District Judge Robert C. Chambers presided over the hearing.  Assistant United States Attorney Stefan Hasselblad handled the prosecution.

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Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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