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Federal grand jury met over tax break legislation granted to Newport News firm
Daily Press ^ | March 2, 2012 | Peter Dujardin

Posted on 03/03/2012 12:27:37 PM PST by csvset

Subpoenas show that investigators honed in on Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News

By Peter Dujardin, | 247-4749 10:28 PM EST, March 2, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS — A federal grand jury met in Newport News late last year and again last month as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding state legislation that gave a tax break to a Newport News air services firm.

Documents show that the clerk of the Virginia Senate was served twice in November and once in January with federal subpoenas for documents pertaining to legislation that benefited the Orion Air Group, now located at Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport.

The subpoenas appear to focus in large part on Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News, who went to work for Orion as its director of communications last July — five months after he was one of seven Peninsula lawmakers who sponsored the legislation.

One of the subpoenas requested "any and all information from the Virginia Senate email account of Sen.John C. Miller," including emails opened over a nearly two-year stretch — between Jan. 1, 2010, and Nov. 16, 2011.

Another subpoena requested any emails between Orion Air Group officials and any Virginia senator. A third subpoena requests travel records and reimbursements pertaining to Miller. Subpoenas were filed on Nov. 14, Nov. 30 by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Samuels, a Newport News-based federal prosecutor, for use at a grand jury convening on Dec. 12 at U.S. District Court in Newport News.

The third subpoena, filed by Samuels on Jan. 6, was for use at a grand jury proceeding on Feb. 13, also held at the Newport News federal courthouse. The subpoenas and the responsive documents were released by the clerk's office this week following open records requests by The Virginian Pilot

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: democrat; miller; newportnews; orion

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