DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WZDX) - Former state senator Lowell Barron and one of his former campaign staffers were arrested Tuesday morning for ethics and campaign practice violations.
Barron, 71, turned himself in on an indictment by a DeKalb County Grand jury. Also arrested was Rhonda Jill Johnson, 47. Both are charged with two counts of violating state ethics law and four counts of violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
According to the Alabama Attorney General's Office, Barron and Johnson converted two checks made out to a Barron campaign to Johnson for personal use. One check was for $2,000; the other was for $50,000.
The two also are charged with improperly using excess campaign funds from a $6,000 check for Johnson's personal use, and for transferring a 2007 Toyota Camry from the campaign to Johnson for personal use.
If convicted, prosecutors said 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.
Barron has been released on bonds totaling $10,000.
Barron served in the Alabama Legislature from 1982-2010 and served two terms as president pro tem of the Alabama Senate.