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      Former Senator Lowell Barron, assistant arrested

      Former Alabama Senator Lowell Barron.

      Dekalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris states that today former Alabama Senator Lowell Barron was arrested on a Grand Jury indictment.

      Barron is charged on an indictment with six counts. The case against Barron was presented to a DeKalb County Grand Jury by the Alabama Attorney General office.

      Barron turned himself in with his attorney and was released on bonds totaling $10,000.00.

      Barron's former campaign staffer, Rhonda Jill Johnson, was also arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office and agents of the Attorney General's Office. She is also being held on bonds totaling $10,000.

      The indictment charges Barron and Johnson with six total counts of Ethics law violations and violations of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.{} Specifically:

      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;

      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.

      If convicted, both 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.

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