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Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 2:38pm

GBI Investigating Sen. Balfour

Updated: 2 years ago.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has started a probe into whether state Senator Don Balfour committed any crimes when he illegally claimed official expense pay. GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency opened its investigation after receiving a request from Attorney General Sam Olens on Aug. 22. The Republican lawmaker from Snellville has not been charged with any crimes.( file photo from GPB)

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has started a probe into whether state Senator Don Balfour committed any crimes when he illegally claimed official expense pay.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said the agency opened its investigation after receiving a request from Attorney General Sam Olens on Aug. 22. The Republican lawmaker from Snellville has not been charged with any crimes.

The Senate Ethics Committee fined Balfour $5,000 last month for illegally accepting pay for in-state work and travel on days when he was outside Georgia. He also incorrectly recorded some of his in-state travels.

Balfour has said the errors were mistakes. His attorney, Robert Highsmith, said Tuesday that Balfour did not commit any crimes.

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