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June 02, 2010

Former chair of Florida GOP charged with organized fraud, felony grand theft and money laundering

By CREW Staff

Jim Greer, who chaired Florida's Republican Party, was arrested today for crimes he allegedly committed while in that role. He's facing charges on six counts, including organized fraud, felony grand theft and money laundering. Greer has ties to some of the state's most prominent politicians, including Governor/Senate candidate Charlie Crist:

The political unknown once tapped by Gov. Charlie Crist to lead the state GOP was arrested Wednesday on charges he ran a scam to bilk the party, officials said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement took former state GOP Chairman Jim Greer, 47, into custody at his Orlando-area home. He is charged with one count of organized fraud, four counts of felony grand theft and one count of money laundering, said William Shepherd, Florida's statewide prosecutor.

Crist, who abandoned the Republican Party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent, said Wednesday that he was surprised by the arrest and knew nothing of Greer's alleged wrongdoing.

"Sometimes you're disappointed by people," he told a news conference in Tallahassee. "I do not feel complicit."

We'll see how this scandal plays out and whether any elected officials are implicated.

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