Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes says state Rep. Tyrone Brooks may not be a great bookkeeper, but insists he's not a crook.
Barnes, who's representing Brooks, said at a news conference Thursday that Brooks never took money from the charitable organizations he leads but did receive money to cover his expenses.
Barnes says he wishes the U.S. attorney's office had exercised its discretion and pursued the case as a civil tax case rather than a criminal prosecution.
A federal indictment charges the longtime Democratic lawmaker with mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
The indictment alleges Brooks solicited more than $1 million in contributions from the mid-1990s to 2012 to fight illiteracy in underserved communities and other causes.
Prosecutors say Brooks used the money for personal expenses.