VA Employee Pleads Guilty to Leaking Former Army Officer's Medical Records

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In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Richard Ojeda talks at a gym in Logan, W.Va. Former Army Maj. Richard Ojeda says his West Virginia congressional campaign was derailed by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who's charged with leaking medical records. The former Democratic state senator and one-time presidential hopeful filed suit against the VA on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (John Raby, AP Photo)
In this May 15, 2018 file photo, Richard Ojeda talks at a gym in Logan, W.Va. Former Army Maj. Richard Ojeda says his West Virginia congressional campaign was derailed by a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who's charged with leaking medical records. The former Democratic state senator and one-time presidential hopeful filed suit against the VA on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raby)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Department of Veterans Affairs employee has pleaded guilty to leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jeffrey Miller has acknowledged accessing the medical records of six veterans when he was working for the VA's benefits administration.

Authorities say the 39-year-old Miller took a picture of Ojeda's records then sent the image to an unnamed acquaintance.

RelatedFormer Army Officer Says VA Leak Derailed His Congressional Bid

Ojeda says the records were distributed among high-ranking Republicans to derail his campaign for West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District in 2018. He sued the VA for documents related to the agency's investigation of Miller.

Ojeda lost to current Rep. Carol Miller. Her spokeswoman says the congresswoman isn't related to Jeffrey Miller and that she has never seen the medical records.

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