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Former State Senator Lowell Barron charged with ethics violations

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Photo Source: DeKalb Co. Sheriff Photo Source: DeKalb Co. Sheriff
DEKALB CO., AL (WSFA) -

Former State Senator Lowell Barron was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday and arrested on charges of multiple ethics violations and violations of the fair campaign practices act.

DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris says the case against Barron was presented to a DeKalb County Grand Jury by the Alabama Attorney General's office.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the indictment charges the former democratic senator and former staff member and assistant Rhonda "Jill" Johnson with six total counts of ethics law violations as well as for violations of the fair campaign practices act.

A release from the AG's office lists these charges:

Count 1 charges Lowell Barron and Jill Johnson with violating State Ethics law by converting a $2,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account to Jill Johnson, to personal use;

Count 2 charges Barron and Johnson with violating State Ethics law by converting a $50,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account to Jill Johnson, to personal use;

Count 3 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $2,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes;

Count 4 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $50,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes;

Count 5 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improperly transferring campaign property, a 2007 Toyota Camry, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes; and

Count 6 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $6,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes.

Barron turned himself in to the DeKalb County Jail Tuesday morning and was released on bonds totaling $10,000.

If convicted, both Barron and Johnson face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $30,000 for each of the six counts in the indictment.

Barron and his attorney Joe Espy have scheduled a press conference at the DeKalb County Courthouse today at 4 p.m.

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