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Charlie Crist’s Buddy Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer Faces Felony Charges

Posted on | June 2, 2010 | 7 Comments

Breaking news:

The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida has been arrested for allegedly running a scam bilking money from the party.
The Florida Department of Law enforcement took Jim Greer into custody Wednesday at his Orlando-area home.
The 47-year-old has been charged with six counts of organized scheme to defraud, four counts of felony grand theft and one count of money laundering.

Also, Greer is guilty of backing two-faced crapweasel Charlie Crist.

UPDATE: The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Greer was arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents this morning at his Oviedo home about 9:15 a.m. and booked into the Seminole County jail about 45 minutes later.
At a lunchtime press conference in Orlando, Statewide Prosecutor William Shepherd said Greer developed a scheme to take money from the Republican Party through a shell company he created, Victory Strategies. He used the money for his personal expenses — at least $100,000, Shepherd said. . . .
Greer was backed for the chairmanship job in 2006 by then-Gov. elect Charlie Crist, and an Orlando Sentinel analysis of party spending found Greer dramatically increased spending and the use of American Express charge cards during his three-year tenure.
The high spending, frequent national travel, and Greer’s decision to endorse Crist in his U.S. Senate primary against Marco Rubio ultimately prompted party leaders to seek his ouster.

Pat Austin links an earlier article about Greer’s lavish lifestyle:

His $465,000 home, finished in early 2006, is a showplace: 3,700 square feet, with a wine cellar, swimming pool and a two-story entry that features a sweeping, curved staircase and chandelier. He also owns two others: a $240,000 condo and $125,000 town house, both at the beach in Brevard County. He bought a plane, although he’s not a pilot. His children . . . had a live-in nanny. He drives a black Mercedes-Benz, his wife a white Lincoln Navigator.

More at Memeorandum.