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Rep. Greg Wren Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Ethics Violation

  |   By: West Honeycutt     |   News

State Rep. Greg Wren (R – Montgomery) plead guilty in state district court today to a misdemeanor ethics charge for using his office for personal gain. According to court documents, Wren’s company, Wren & Associates, LLC, earned $8,000 monthly from RxAlly for consulting work. He issued a letter to the Clerk of the House of Representatives and Gov. Robert Bentley earlier today announcing his resignation, effective immediately.

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Last year, Wren attempted to alter the state General Fund Budget that would have effectively made his client, Bessemer-based American Pharmaceutical Cooperative Inc., the sole supplier of drugs for Medicaid patients in Alabama. ACPI is the parent company of RxAlly.

Wren, 59, was a four-term veteran of the House, Chairman of the Joint Legislative Medicaid Committee, Chairman of the Joint Energy Committee, Vice-Chairman of the House Insurance Committee, Member of the House Ways and Means General Fund Committee, and serves as Chairman of the House Local Legislation Committee.

“Upon further reflection, and after consultation with counsel, Wren decided to accept responsibility for his actions and provide truthful information to the State,” his plea agreement states.

Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard’s company, Auburn Network, held a consulting contract with ACPI. Hubbard today declined to comment, stating he had seen Wren’s letter of resignation but that’s all he knew.

Rumors have grown rampant since August 2013 that Hubbard and other legislators were the topic of a special grand jury convened in Lee County.

Wren’s charge is a Class A Misdemeanor. He will receive 24 months probation and must pay $24,000 in restitution to the State General Fund.

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West Honeycutt is a small business owner in Birmingham, Alabama. He has formerly worked for political consulting firms in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery, AL.