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Trial for suspended Georgia state senator to begin

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By KATE BRUMBACK
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Trial is set to begin for a Georgia lawmaker accused of claiming per diem pay and mileage reimbursements for in-state work on days that he was out of the state.

The trial of state Sen. Don Balfour is set to start Monday before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk.

A grand jury indicted the Snellville Republican in September on felony charges of making a false certificate, theft by taking and a count of false statement and writing. He is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for some expenses.

Balfour's attorneys have said their client may have made inadvertent mistakes but didn't intentionally misappropriate state funds.

Balfour has been suspended from the Senate and stripped of all leadership positions.

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