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Former Senator Lowell Barron, assistant arrested

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Former Alabama Senator Lowell Barron. Former Alabama Senator Lowell Barron.
Barron's assistant Rhonda Jill Johnson. Barron's assistant Rhonda Jill Johnson.

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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