A Fulton County jury acquitted State Senator Don Balfour Thursday on charges he filed fraudulent expense reports. The state was unsuccessful in its attempts to argue Balfour knowingly took legislative pay when he wasn’t on official state business. His defense successfully argued the errors were innocent mistakes. It took the jury about three hours to decide the Snellville Republican was innocent of all charges. He was accused of trying to bilk the state by falsifying travel vouchers. His defense argued Balfour wasn’t trying to steal because he often didn’t collect all of the reimbursements owed to him.
A jury has acquitted a state lawmaker accused of illegally claiming mileage and expense reimbursement from the state. The Fulton County jury on Thursday found Sen. Don Balfour not guilty on all 18 felony counts against him. The Snellville Republican was indicted in September on charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing.
A Fulton County jury will begin deliberations again Thursday on the fate of State Senator Don Balfour. He faces charges he filed fraudulent expense reports. The Snellville Republican’s three-day trial in Fulton County Superior Court ended Wednesday with his testimony that the case was the fruit of political enemies plotting against him. His defense argued the errors in travel vouchers he filed between 2007 and 2012 were innocent mistakes. His attorneys also showed he often didn’t collect reimbursements owed to him, and the amounts in question were small.
The state rested its case Tuesday in the trial of state Senator Don Balfour, after aiming to show the Snellville Republican cheated taxpayers. The long-serving senator is charged with seeking reimbursements on days when he wasn’t on state duty.
State Senator Don Balfour’s trial has begun in Fulton County Superior. He ‘s accused of defrauding the state. Prosecutors say Balfour sought reimbursements to which he wasn’t entitled. The Snellville Republican is charged with submitting false expense reports to claim reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty. In one instance, he allegedly billed the state and his employer, the Waffle House, for the same item. Balfour’s attorneys say he didn’t intend to cheat, and plan to argue that he mistakenly claimed reimbursements when he wasn't on official state duty.
The US Justice Department is making its largest-ever restitution payment in the agency's Southern District. US Attorney Edward Tarver announced the $27 million repayment in Savannah. Tarver said the money comes from a father-and-son crime ring that defrauded federal, state and private health insurers.
An audit has revealed that $200 million in taxpayer money has gone missing in the city of East Point over the past 12 years. Mayor Earnestine Pittman says a forensic audit showed the city spent the money between 2000 and 2012 without issuing purchase orders to account for how the money was used.
Governor Nathan Deal Friday announced his picks for a review panel in the case of state Representative Tyrone Brooks. The Governor appointed House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, and state Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, D-Tucker.
Governor Nathan Deal will likely announce his appointments Friday to a review panel tasked with deciding whether to suspend State Representative Tyrone Brooks, D-Atlanta. Brooks was indicted by a grand jury in May for 30 counts of fraud and tax charges. According to the indictment, Brooks used money from his charity, Universal Humanities, for personal expenses. Brooks pleaded not guilty to the charges.