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Sen. Balfour booked into, bonds out of Fulton jail

Don Balfour

Don Balfour

Indicted Georgia Sen. Don Balfour spent a little more than two hours in the Fulton County jail Tuesday.

Balfour, a Republican from Snellville, turned himself in Tuesday, several days after a Fulton County grand jury indicted him on 18 charges stemming from alleged misuse of his government expense account. He was booked into the jail in Atlanta at about 3:35 p.m. before being released on $5,000 bond just after 5:45 p.m., Fulton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

Last week’s indictment — which included 16 counts of making a false certificate and single counts of theft by taking and making false statements — was the result of a Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe into expense vouchers filed by Balfour, who has represented the Gwinnett-based district since 1993. He was re-elected last year despite facing the Senate Ethics Committee and accepting a $5,000 fine.

Balfour is alleged to have sought reimbursement for mileage and per diem expenses at the State Capitol on instances when lobbyist disclosures show he was out of state. The recently filed charges have incident dates between 2007 and 2011, according to jail records.

The senator has claimed the expense reports in question were paperwork errors.