published Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Miller says will fight misconduct, perjury charges

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Former state Sen. Jeff Miller said he will “defend myself vigorously” against charges of official misconduct and conspiracy to commit official misconduct and perjury brought Wednesday against him and his secretary.

“I’m surprised at the charges that have been leveled against me,” Mr. Miller said Wednesday evening after posting a $10,000 bond at the Bradley County Justice Center.

“They know the truth but they charged us anyway,” he said. He said he could not answer questions about the case.

Mr. Miller was indicted by the Bradley County Grand Jury on Wednesday. Charges include one count of official misconduct, one count of conspiracy to commit official misconduct and one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated perjury.

According to the indictment, Mr. Miller refrained from performing lien searches as part of his statutory duties as the former Bradley County delinquent tax attorney.

His secretary, April Miles, was indicted on one count of aggravated perjury, one count of conspiracy to commit official misconduct and one count conspiracy to commit aggravated perjury.

Kristin Helm, spokeswoman for the TBI, said agents took Mr. Miller and Ms. Miles into custody Wednesday afternoon.

TBI conducted a search of Mr. Miller’s records on Jan. 28 and interviewed several people while collecting evidence, Ms. Helm said.

“This is a culmination of that evidence that was gathered during that search warrant and all of the interviews that we did,” she said.

“I think the case is built,” said District Attorney General Steve Bebb, whose office asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into Mr. Miller’s previous work. “We wouldn’t have gone to the grand jury if the case wasn’t built.”

See Thursday’s Times Free Press for complete coverage.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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