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Boyer accused of misusing county-issued card, may face penalties
by Christine Fonville
April 08, 2014 09:41 AM | 2828 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has come under scrutiny for allegedly racking up personal expenses on a county-issued credit card.

According to an investigation done in 2012 and 2013, Boyer spent about $12,000 on purchases such as airline tickets and dining out at restaurants.

In a recently issued statement, Boyer said she has always followed established county procedures in regard to personal expenses and has repaid every questionable item in a timely fashion.

Although Boyer told other news outlets in March that she was “extremely sorry,” for the alleged misuse, she also said she had no recollection of signing a 2010 agreement stating that county-issued credit cards could not be used for personal purchases.

She also said she repaid most of the amounts within weeks or months of making the purchases.

According to DeKalb County Board of Ethics records, two ethics complaints have been filed against Boyer and Bob Lundsten, her chief of staff.

According to the board’s website, when complaints are registered against commissioners over whom the board has jurisdiction, the board addresses the matter and if appropriate, a hearing will be scheduled and held to obtain evidence on the issue.

Then, should the party accused be deemed to have violated the code of ethics, the board will recommend appropriate penalties or sanctions.

In her statement, Boyer said she supports hiring an outside accounting service to establish new protocols and procedures for financial safeguards.

“I will continue to handle taxpayer dollars in the most fiscally responsible manner possible as my 20 years of public service clearly shows,” she said.

Boyer represents District 1, which includes Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Tucker.

She did not return phone calls, voicemails and emails by press deadline, despite repeated attempts.

Should there be an accountability system for county-issued credit cards?

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