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State AG to get bill for Balfour's legal fees
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State AG to get bill for Balfour's legal fees

State AG to get bill for Balfour's legal fees
Photo Credit: Sandra Parrish
Olens says he will treat the request fairly.

State AG to get bill for Balfour's legal fees

The attorney for a state senator acquitted of filing false expense reports plans to submit legal fees totaling more than $100,000 to State Attorney’s General Sam Olens next week.

Ken Hodges says he will file the claim on behalf of Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) who was found not guilty last month by a jury in Fulton County on 18 counts of theft and making false statements.

Olens tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish he will treat the request fairly.

“By law it’s our responsibility, I don’t have the ability to designate it elsewhere,” he says.  “But candidly the talk about sending it to me is taking a lot more time than the submission.”

Hodges says he has been waiting on the bills of two other attorneys who previously represented Balfour.

The senator says it is only fair he be reimbursed.

“The law allows me to reimburse for it because I was tried unjustly and found not guilty,” says Balfour.

The Snellville Republican returned to his Senate seat last week as the Legislature gaveled back into session.

“Everybody’s treated me well and it’s back to where it should be moving forward,” he says.

Balfour admitted to inadvertent mistakes in filing his expense reports over a period of several years.  In some cases, the state owed him money.

In 2012, the Senate Ethics Committee fined him $5,000 for those mistakes and required him to reimburse the state.

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