LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A central figure in efforts to bring a National Basketball Association  team to Louisville has resigned from the company formed to pursue a deal.

J. Bruce Miller, a longtime advocate of the NBA in Louisville, submitted his resignation to the Louisville Basketball Investment & Support Group, an LLC he co-founded with Joseph Steier in February 2016.

Miller says his exit is for personal and professional reasons stemming from Steier's failure to disclose federal court cases against his company, Signature HealthCARE.

Miller said he became aware on June 6 that Signature HealthCARE had paid a U.S. Justice Department fine of $30-35 million to settle a federal case in Nashville involving several whistleblower employees who were fired. The employees disclosed that the company had over-billed Medicare and Tennessee Medicaid programs $24 million.

The case had been filed in 2015, which was 10 months before he and Steier co-founded the LLC.

Miller said a legal records search also turned up a federal case in Fort Wayne, Indiana filed against Signature HealthCARE in 2016, which was filed after he partnered with Steier.

The complaint alleged that the company had filed false claims for federal reimbursement in multiple states. Miller stated he feels in both instances Steier should have told him about the legal and financial liabilities of the cases.

Miller said that a continued partnership with Steier could damage efforts to sign an NBA deal and disqualify Louisville as a member, if Steier was a minority owner of a future franchise. Miller also resigned as a consultant to the group.

The NBA2Lou group also released a statement on social media thanking him for his years of civic service and efforts to promote Louisville's basketball culture.  The organization says there was a "difference of opinion" between Miller and the investor group. But it said there is momentum in Louisville to have the city "NBA ready." 

 Miller has practiced law in Louisville for more than 52 years. He began efforts to bring a pro basketball team to Louisville in the mid-1970s.

Here is a copy of Miller's resignation letter. 

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