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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 02:05 AM
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1. U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI investigating Florida GOP credit card use
Source: St. Petersburg Times

Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tallahassee, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service are all involved in the inquiry, which grew out of the state investigation into former House Speaker Ray Sansom. He was indicted on criminal charges that he stashed $6 million in the state budget for an airplane hangar for a friend and campaign donor.
In the federal case, Sansom and others could be charged with making false statements on their tax returns and tax evasion stemming from hundreds of thousands dollars in charges on party credit cards.

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Meanwhile, in a separate inquiry, the IRS is also looking at the tax records of at least three former party credit card holders former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, ex-state party chairman Jim Greer and ex-party executive director Delmar Johnson to determine whether they misused their party credit cards for personal expenses, according to a source familiar with the preliminary inquiry.

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Rubio billed the party for more than $100,000 during the two years he served as House speaker, according to credit card statements obtained by the St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald. The charges included repairs to the family minivan, grocery bills, plane tickets for his wife and purchases from retailers ranging from a wine store near his home to Apple's online store. Rubio also charged the party for dozens of meals during the annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee, even though he received taxpayer subsidies for his meals.

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/national/us-attor...



The US Attorney, the FBI and the IRS. Marco Rubio, you've got mail.


Book 'em Dano.


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