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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 11:13 AM

Jim Greer enters guilty plea to theft, money laundering

Source: Orlando Sentinel.

Ousted former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer this morning abruptly ended what was expected to be a painful unraveling of state party secrets by entering a surprise plea to criminal charges.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and money laundering. The state dropped the fraud count. The sentence has not yet been announced.

His guilty pleas could result in a total sentence of 35 years in prison. No word yet on whether there’s an agreement on time he’s to serve. That will play out at a March 27 sentencing hearing. Greer is being sent home.

Greer, 50, of Oviedo, was facing a possible 75 years in prison

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-jim-greer-goes-on-trial-20130210,0,2481140.story

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Reply Jim Greer enters guilty plea to theft, money laundering (Original post)
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 OP
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #1
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #2
lark Feb 2013 #3
xtraxritical Feb 2013 #7
Judi Lynn Feb 2013 #4
silvershadow Feb 2013 #5
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #6

Response to Baitball Blogger (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. Tawdry allegations may emerge in criminal trial of former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer

Posted on Sunday, 02.10.13
JIM GREER TRIAL

Tawdry allegations may emerge in criminal trial of former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer

Former Florida Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer goes on trial in Orlando on money laundering and grand theft charges, but a Bahamas golf trip with reported prostitutes could draw more attention.

By LUCY MORGAN
Tampa Bay Times Senior Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE -- They headed for Marsh Harbour Airport in the Bahamas, most of them on private planes owned by billionaire Harry Sargeant III, then the finance chairman of the Florida Republican Party.

The weekend trip began on Friday Jan. 11, 2008, for a select group of Floridians —maybe 20 or so — who helped raise money for a constitutional amendment that would increase homestead exemptions.

Those who attended have differing memories of how many were there or what occurred, and no one is very anxious to talk to a reporter about the gathering.

Perhaps it’s the accusation of a golf cart filled with prostitutes that scares them away.

More:
http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/10/3226971/tawdry-allegations-may-emerge.html





former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:08 PM

2. All that is a closed book, now.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 12:44 PM

3. Wish that were so

but he's been paid off and taken the fall so that the truth stays hidden. At least, that's the way this looks to me.

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Response to lark (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 06:45 PM

7. A big Cayman account I'm sure, and deposits for life too.

 

It's the way RepubliCONs roll.

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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 01:13 PM

4. Tampa Bay Times: Former state GOP chairman Jim Greer pleads guilty to theft

Posted on Monday, 02.11.13
Former state GOP chairman Jim Greer pleads guilty to theft

By Lucy Morgan
Tampa Bay Times

ORLANDO -- After two weeks of behind-the-scenes wrangling, former GOP party chairman Jim Greer walked into court Monday morning and pleaded guilty to grand theft and money laundering charges that could put him behind bars for 3 and 1/2 years.

Greer declined to talk with a crowd of reporters who had been awaiting a two-week trial that promised testimony from former Gov. Charlie Crist and a who’s who of Republican politicians.

Greer entered a one word “guilty’’ plea to four counts of grand theft and a single count of money laundering. There was no plea bargain, noted statewide prosecutor Nick Cox ,who admitted struggling with what should be done.

“We do see him going to jail, but don’t know how long we’ll recommend,’’ said assistant statewide prosecutor Michael S. Williams, who was the lead trial prosecutor.

More: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/11/3228314/former-republican-party-of-florida.html#storylink=cpy


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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 04:13 PM

5. While this is good news, I would rather have the state Republican parties dirty laundry aired. nt

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Response to silvershadow (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2013, 05:31 PM

6. How is this good news?

He was about to tip over the power base in the Republican base. Yes, it might have reached over and taken Charlie Crist down with him, but I don't see that as a win for us that we still have potential unknown issues to deal with in the future.

In Florida, everything that can take down a corrupt power base is shut down with settlement agreements. That's why we can't bring in good, honest leaders without track records.

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