According to Tom Crawford’s Georgia Report:
Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) will ask the attorney general’s office to investigate possible charges of false swearing and theft by deception in connection with expense reimbursement claims filed by Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville).
“Without getting into the question of intent on the part of the Respondent (Balfour), the facts are that false reports were filed with the Legislative Fiscal Office by Respondent and that Respondent received monies he was not entitled to under the law,” McKoon said in a minority report filed with the Ethics Committee.
One of the complaints filed against Balfour alleged that his conduct “constitutes false swearing and is punishable under OCGA 16-10-1 and that Respondent’s conduct constitutes theft by deception and is punishable under OCGA 16-8-3,” McKoon noted.
Balfour’s attorney, Robert Highsmith countered that Balfour’s mistakes were merely negligent, and did not evince any intent to break the law.
Updated by Charlie: I used this as the topic of today’s column. We have a copy of the full minority opinion of Senator McKoon here for those who would like to read the full opinion.