Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The GBI's Latest Probe of a GA State Senator

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According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has reportedly been requested by the State Attorney General to investigate false expense reports allegedly submitted by State Senator Don Balfour of Snellville.  Of course, Senator Balfour is presumed to be innocent of any wrongdoing, and his criminal defense lawyer has essentially indicated simply that mistakes were made and that there was no intentional wrongdoing.

The newspaper also pointed out that this is the first GBI investigation of a State Senator since a case which I handled as a (former) federal prosecutor against former Georgia Senate Majority Leader Charles Walker, here in Augusta, back in 2007. The GBI has some really talented agents. My case against Senator Walker also involved other law enforcement agencies and a number of other more complex criminal charges. It will be interesting to see what, if anything, happens in this latest investigation.

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