Ex-Commissioner Boyer’s top aide pleads not guilty

The top aide to former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer pleaded not guilty today to accusations that he used his government charge card for personal purposes.

Bob Lundsten appeared in court to respond to allegations that he used his taxpayer-backed purchasing card to buy about $200 to $300 worth of items at stores including Kroger and the UPS Store.

Lundsten stood in court while his attorney entered the not guilty plea, and he made no other comments.

Lundsten is charged with six counts of theft by taking and three counts of making false statements, all felonies because Lundsten allegedly breached his fiduciary duty as a government employee.

Lundsten was the chief of staff for Boyer, who pleaded guilty to charges that she used her government-issued Visa card for personal expenses. Boyer, who also admitted to a kickback scheme, began serving her 14-month sentence Monday.

“We pleaded not guilty, and we’re going to stand by that,” said Lundsten’s attorney, Jay Strongwater, after the court hearing.