- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - The husband of a former DeKalb County commissioner who stole county money has been sentenced to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The charges against John Boyer of Stone Mountain stemmed from Elaine Boyer’s conviction in September on similar charges.

Prosecutors say the Boyers experienced financial troubles in 2009 and John Boyer concocted an illegal kickback scheme involving family friend Marion Rooks Boynton acting as a consultant.

Authorities say DeKalb County paid Boynton more than $85,000 between September 2009 and November 2011 after he submitted false invoices to Boyer’s office. Prosecutors say John Boyer had Boynton make deposits into an account the Boyers controlled.

A grand jury on Aug. 11 indicted Boynton on charges of conspiracy and substantive federal program theft.

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