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Wren pleads guilty to ethics charges, resigns from Legislature

Published 12:22pm Tuesday, April 1, 2014

State Rep. Greg Wren, who was Elmore County’s longest serving representative in the state Legislature, resigned his seat Tuesday pursuant to a guilty plea on charges he used his office for personal gain.

The 59-year-old Wren pleaded guilty in Montgomery County District Court to the class A misdemeanor related to his offering of confidential information to a private company, RxAlly, a national company that previously represented the interests of member pharmacies. He received $24,000 in payments from RxAlly, according to the office of Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis, who handled the public corruption case after being appointed by Attorney General Luther Strange.

Wren resigned from the House of Representatives Tuesday pursuant to his plea agreement. He was given a 12-month suspended sentence and was ordered to pay $24,000 to the state in restitution. He was placed on probation for two years.

Wren’s office has not yet returned calls seeking comment.

Wren was in his fourth term representing the 75th House District, which encompasses east Montgomery, portions of Wetumpka, Millbrook and Holtville. He was chairman of the Joint Legislative Medicaid Committee member of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, and serves as chairman of the House Local Legislation Committee.

“Public servants who violate their oath of office in order to achieve personal gain should expect to be held accountable,” Davis said. “Former Representative Wren’s guilty plea, negotiated in light of his acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with the State, marks a significant point in the ongoing investigation. We will continue to enforce the laws of the State of Alabama vigorously and professionally without regard to political affiliation or position.”

 

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