Former Alabama State Senator Lowell Barron was arrested Tuesday morning in DeKalb County on a grand jury indictment.
He was booked into the jail at 10:30 a.m. on $10,000 bond according to arrest records. He was charged on an indictment with six counts including two counts of ethics violations, and four counts of violation of the Fair Campaign Practices Act.
Barron is accused of writing checks from his campaign account to former staffer Jill Johnson. The indictment lists three checks, one totaling $2,000, another for $50,000, the third totaling $6,000. The indictment also states Barron transferred the title of a 2007 Toyota Camry to Johnson.
The case against Barron was presented to a DeKalb County grand jury by the Alabama Attorney General's office.
Barron turned himself in with his attorney and was released on bond. He has scheduled a news conference at the courthouse at 4 p.m. WAFF 48 News will stream it live on air and online.
Jill Johnson was also arrested Tuesday on ethics violation charges.
If convicted, 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 represented the 8th District from 1982 to 2010 and once ranked as one of Alabama's most powerful democratic lawmakers.
He's known for pushing through a billion dollar road project bill during his last term in office. It was a term that also saw Barron on the receiving end of a punch thrown by then Senator Charles Bishop of Walker County.
Overall, the 70-year-old from Fyffe served in the legislature 28 years representing people in DeKalb, Madison and Jackson counties.
For two terms, he led the state senate as president pro-tem between 1999 and 2006.
Barron's last run for public office ended with his defeat in 2010.
He reported spending nearly $1.6-million in that campaign.
Johnson served as his assistant during that campaign.
Barron was seriously injured in a tractor accident in November, 2012. He still wears a neck halo as a result of the injury.
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