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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 08:24 AM

The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida

The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is headed to trial on fraud, theft and money laundering




The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida is headed to trial on fraud, theft and money laundering charges in a case fraught with embarrassment for the party over allegations of lavish spending and questionable behavior.

Jury selection was set to start Monday in the two-week trial. Testimony could cover allegations of prostitutes at a party fundraiser in the Bahamas, spending on fancy restaurants and luxury hotels by state GOP leaders, criminal charges of party money funneled to a private company controlled by Greer and party leaders stabbing each other in the back.


Jurors will have to decide if Greer committed a crime when he channeled more than $200,000 of party money to his company, or whether the charges are revenge for the waning popularity of his political patron, former Gov. Charlie Crist. Crist defected from the Republican Party to run as an independent for the U.S. Senate and is now a Democrat.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/former-chairmans-trial-promises-to-reveal-internal-strife-embarrassing-episodes-for-fla-gop/2013/02/11/bf960222-744b-11e2-9889-60bfcbb02149_story.html

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