Ex-Commissioner Boyer’s top aide charged with theft

Bob Lundsten, who was ex-DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer’s top aide, has been indicted on theft charges, accused of abusing his own government-issued Visa card.

Lundsten faces six counts of theft by taking and three counts of making false statements, according to an indictment filed this morning in DeKalb County Superior Court and obtained by Channel 2 Action News. Among other things, he is accused of falsely passing off charges to Kroger and UPS as office expenses, when they weren’t.

Contacted by phone, Lundsten said he had no comment.

Both Lundsten’s and his ex-boss’ questionable Visa card expenses were first exposed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in March 2014. Boyer later resigned in disgrace and faced federal charges, but Lundsten stayed on the job, even helping Boyer’s replacement, Nancy Jester, during her first months in office.

Boyer was sentenced last month to 14 months in federal prison for bilking taxpayers of more than $100,000, both by abusing her Visa card and taking part in a kickback scheme that involved an evangelist posing as a legislative consultant. Her husband, John Boyer, has pleaded guilty to masterminding the scheme and is scheduled for sentencing May 6.

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