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Trial for suspended Georgia state senator to begin

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Updated: Mon, 16 Dec 2013 09:16:34 EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia state lawmaker accused of claiming per diem pay and mileage reimbursements for in-state work on days that he was out of the state is set to go to trial Monday.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk will preside over the trial of Sen. Don Balfour. 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.

Defense lawyer William Hill said his client believes he's being unfairly targeted for inadvertent mistakes and looks forward to defending himself in court.

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