MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – A state legislator resigned abruptly Tuesday morning, just an hour before the Attorney General’s office announced his arrest and conviction for a state ethics law violation.
Rep. Greg Wren resigned Tuesday morning from the Alabama House of Representatives. Wren, a Republican, represented the 75th District, Montgomery and Elmore counties. He was in his fourth term.
Wren, 59, resigned as part of his plea agreement. Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said Wren pleaded guilty to knowingly using his office for personal gain.
Wren obtained confidential information and provided it to a private company, RxAlly, a national company that previously represented pharmacies. RxAlly paid Wren $24,000 for the information.
As part of the plea agreement, Wren was sentenced to 12 months in prison, but that was suspended. He will be on probation for two years. He must also pay $24,000 in restitution to the State of Alabama.
As of Tuesday shortly before 12 p.m. Wren’s page was still active on the Alabama House of Representatives’ website.
Acting Attorney General Davis was appointed to the case by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, to handle matters regarding an ongoing investigation into potential public corruption in the state. Davis is a supernumerary district attorney.
“Citizens of the State of Alabama are entitled to the honest services of those who hold public office,” said Acting Attorney General Davis. “Public servants who violate their oath of office in order to achieve personal gain should expect to be held accountable. 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.”