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Inland Empire official arrested in alleged business conflict of interest

July 15, 2009 | 11:53 am

Jim Miller smaller pic A city councilman in San Bernardino County was arrested this morning for allegedly using his position and influence to benefit a business he operated with his wife, officials said today.

The arrest warrant for Grand Terrace City Councilman Jim Miller was for "conflict of interest," and his bail was set at $25,000, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County district attorney's office.

"The allegations are that, over the last two years, Councilman Miller repeatedly voted for city expenditures that benefited a newspaper and printing business operated by Miller and his wife," the statement read.

Miller was first elected to the Grand Terrace City Council in 2004 and was reelected in 2008, according to the city's website. Miller also is an official with the county real estate services department. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

The city of about 12,500 people is about eight miles south of San Bernardino.

-- Ari B. Bloomekatz

Photo: Grand Terrace Councilman Jim Miller. Credit: City of Grand Terrace website.