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GBI finishes probe into Ga. lawmaker's expenses

ATLANTA (AP) - Attorney General Sam Olens must now decide whether to pursue charges against a state senator who illegally claimed expense pay.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesman John Bankhead said agents turned over their investigative file on state Sen. Don Balfour to Olens' office on Dec. 14. Prosecutors must decide whether to seek criminal charges against the Snellville Republican.

In August, Balfour agreed to pay a $5,000 fine for accepting pay for in-state work and travel on days that he was outside of Georgia. Lawmakers can only get that pay if they are conducting official business inside the state. They can claim expenses when traveling outside Georgia if they are part of an official delegation approved in advance.

Balfour has said that he inadvertently made mistakes.

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