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Ex-Wildcat Miller pleads not guilty

Former University of Kentucky basketball star Derrick Miller's attorney entered not guilty pleas on eight counts of theft by deception against Miller on Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.

The charges stem from an alleged scam in which Miller accepted payment in advance for UK basketball game tickets, which he did not have available to him to sell, according to authorities.

Miller was not in court Friday because he was incarcerated in Clark County. He is serving a 360-day sentence there on two amended charges of criminal attempt, to which he pleaded guilty in November. He initially was charged with two counts of theft by deception in Clark County, those cases having similar circumstances as the Lexington cases.

In all, Miller has been charged with 27 counts of theft by deception in 11 Kentucky counties, said his lawyer, Christopher Hunt. The total amount of money involved is $41,185, he said.

Miller recently pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by deception in Fleming County. He has not been sentenced yet on those charges.

The cases against Miller in Fayette, Clark and Fleming counties involve $13,500, $2,595 and $3,500, respectively, according to his attorney.

Hunt said it has been no secret that his client has had a drug abuse problem and that he has had legal troubles because of it.