ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County grand jury has indicted state Sen. Don Balfour stemming from allegations he illegally claimed expense pay.
The office of Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said in a statement Friday that the grand jury indicted Balfour on Tuesday. He faces 16 counts of making a false certificate, on one count of theft by taking and one count of false statement and writing.
In August 2012, Balfour agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for accepting pay for in-state work and travel on days that he was outside of Georgia. Lawmakers can only get that pay if they are conducting official business inside the state. They can claim expenses when traveling outside Georgia if they are part of an official delegation.
Balfour's attorney, Patrick McDonough, says Balfour didn't intentionally misappropriate funds.
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