DeKalb employee indicted on 9 felony counts

Robert Lundsten, chief of staff for former DeKalb County commissioner Elaine Boyer, has been indicted on corruption charges.

BROOKHAVEN, GA (WXIA) -- Another DeKalb County official has been indicted on corruption charges.

Robert Lundsten was the chief of staff for disgraced county commissioner Elaine Boyer, who is headed to prison for stealing from the county.

A grand jury indicted Lundsten on Thursday on six counts of theft by taking and three counts of making false statements.

Last month, Lundsten got into a heated argument with two members of the DeKalb County Ethics Board during a meeting. He was placed on administrative leave after yelling at board member Robert Blackman, calling him a "lying son of a ---."

According to the indictment, Lundsten used county money to buy personal items at Kroger and the UPS Store, then told investigators the items he had purchased, such as snacks and drinks, were for the office.

The district attorney says that if convicted, Lundsten could face some serious prison time.

"If you are someone entrusted with public funds and you misspend them, and steal, it carries a penalty of up to 15 years per count," said DA Robert James.

Ex-Commissioner Boyer was sentenced last month to 14 months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from the county. She admitted to using taxpayer money to pay her personal expenses, and made a series of payments to a family friend who then turned around and gave the money back to her. Boyer's husband John Boyer also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and will be sentenced in May.

The DA says Lundsten is making arrangements to turn himself in.


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