DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges accusing a former DeKalb County commissioner of mail fraud conspiracy and wire fraud.
The charges involving former commissioner Elaine Boyer were announced Tuesday. Boyer, who had been in office for more than 20 years, resigned from her post earlier this week.
Prosecutors said in newly released court documents that Boyer participated in a scheme to defraud DeKalb County, one of the state's largest counties that includes several of Atlanta's eastern suburbs.
It was not immediately known whether Boyer has an attorney representing her in the criminal case.
Boyer told WSB-TV on Monday that she betrayed constituents and abused her position.
An investigation by the station and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighted $16,000 in personal purchases Boyer made with her county debit card. The television station reported that Boyer had already repaid about half the charges before the investigation began, and has since repaid all of the money.
Before her resignation, Boyer also told the Atlanta station that she was unaware what she was doing was wrong, despite having signed an agreement saying purchase cards couldn't be used for personal expenses.
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