Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer made no comment as she left federal court after her arraignment hearing for bilking taxpayers out of thousands of dollars through a kickback scheme on Sept. 3, 2014. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Ex-DeKalb Commissioner Boyer released from prison

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer has been freed from federal prison after a year of confinement for defrauding taxpayers of more than $100,000.

Boyer was released Friday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She served most of her sentence in the minimum security section of a federal correctional institution in Marianna, Fla.

Boyer was eligible for early release after completing a year of her original 14-month sentence. Her sentence began May 11, 2015.

Boyer represented 140,000 people in north DeKalb for 22 years before pleading guilty in September 2014 to charges that she schemed to funnel taxpayer money through a consultant who then routed much of the money back to her.

She also admitted to using her county Visa card for personal purchases, including family airfare and a ski resort booking. Boyer’s sentence requires her to pay $87,300 in restitution to the county, and she’ll remain under court supervision for three more years.

Her husband, John Boyer, also pleaded guilty for his participating in the fraud. He was sentenced to serve a yearlong sentence, and he’s eligible for early release in November after serving about 10 months.

The consultant accused of funnelling the money to the Boyers, an evangelist named Rooks Boynton, has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled for Sept. 12.

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