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Huntington – A former Veterans Benefits Administration employee will serve time for illegally accessing medical records. 

U.S. District Judge Robert C. "Chuck" Chambers on Tuesday sentenced Jeffrey Miller to six months in prison for gaining unauthorized access to the files of six veterans including former state Senator Richard Ojeda, D-Logan.  Miller previously admitted between January and May 2018, he illegally accessed the records, took a picture from Ojeda's, then sent the picture to an acquaintance.

Miller's actions occurred during Ojeda's 2018 campaign for U.S. Congress. After winning May's Democratic primary, he lost in November's general election to former Del. Carol Miller, R-Cabell. 

Upon completion of his sentence, Miller, 40, of Huntington, will serve an additional year of supervised release. 

“We must protect our veterans," said U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart in a press release. “Medical records are protected information and veterans have an expectation and right of privacy."

"We will prosecute anyone who violates our veterans," Stuart added. 

Last week, Ojeda, 49, announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate.  Paula Jean Swerengin, of Sophia, who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Joe Manchin in 2018, has also filed to run.

Currently, incumbent U.S Senator Shelly Moore Capito faces a primary challenge from Allen Whitt, president of the Family Policy Counsel.