Georgia Republican caucus boots state senator after 18 charges including theft
The Georgia Senate Republican Caucus on Wednesday kicked out a fellow member who was facing 18 counts of filing false expense reports and theft.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the Senate Republican Caucus took the drastic step of banning state Sen. Don Balfour and stripping him of all committee leadership positions after a panel appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal (R) suspended him from the General Assembly. Senate rules prohibited the Republican Caucus from removing Balfour from committee memberships entirely.
A September statement from Attorney General Sam Olens had noted that the Snellville Republican had been charged “with 16 counts of Making a False Certificate (O.C.G.A. § 28-1-8), one count of Theft by Taking (O.C.G.A. § 16-8-1) and one count of False Statement and Writing (O.C.G.A. § 16-10-20).”
“These charges stem from Balfour’s submission of Georgia General Assembly expense vouchers indicating that he was entitled to reimbursement for mileage and per diem expenses to which, it is alleged, he was not entitled,” Olens said. “Making a False Certificate is punishable by one to five years imprisonment and/or up to a $1000 fine, Theft by Taking is punishable by one to ten years imprisonment and False Statement and Writing is punishable by one to five years imprisonment and/or up to a $1000 fine.”
According to Balfour’s state Senate website, he received a BS in Accounting from Bob Jones University.