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Ojeda says medical his records were leaked, helped defeat Congressional campaign in W.Va.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Richard Ojeda, a former Democratic state senator, says his medical records were stolen from a Veterans Affairs office in Huntington and used to derail his congressional campaign in 2018.

On Thursday, Ojeda, who served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to force the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to release its investigation. He says the records will identify a laundry list of area Republican officials who played a hand in spreading private information to torpedo his race.

Federal prosecutors say that around May 17, Jeffrey S. Miller, then a claims assistant at the Veterans Benefits Administration, took a photo of medical records belonging to “Person F” – a public figure – and then sent that picture to “another individual known to the United States Attorney.”

This was just days after Ojeda decisively won his Democratic congressional primary. …

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