More on Miller-legislator financial ties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least seven current and former Republican lawmakers in Tennessee had financial ties to a prominent GOP donor who recently settled a federal fraud case involving the military health care program.

Andy Miller Jr. has been a prominent backer of Republican candidates who support his platform of fighting the influence of Islam in Tennessee.

State ethics disclosures show that Rep. Judd Matheny of Tullahoma reported income from two Miller-linked companies, including one listed in the form as Omed Rx that shares the same address with QMedRx, the subject of the federal probe into alleged violations of the federal Anti-Kickback Statute.

Miller and his brother agreed to settle the federal case for $7.8 million last month without admitting guilt.

…The federal settlement caused state Sen. Mark Green — a Clarksville Republican eyeing a bid for governor in 2018 — to say that he is re-evaluating his investment in another Miller company, Diatech Oncology of Franklin. Other Republican investors in that company have included Lt. Gov. Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville, Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro and the husband of Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet.

(The Tennessean has previously reported that former state Reps. Joe Carr of Lascassas and Jeremy Durham of Franklin had Lascassas and Jeremy Durham of Franklin had investments in Miller companies and that Reps. Jeremy Faison and Andy Holt rented a home from him.)

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