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Ex-Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer arrested on 6 felony charges

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   Seminole County Sheriff Office booking photo for former state Republican  Party chairman Jim Greer, who was arrested on Wednesday.
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BY MARC CAPUTO

Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau

Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with six felony counts in connection with a secret consulting contract he struck with the party, state police said.

Greer, 47, and former party executive director Delmar Johnson used a ``shell company'' called Victory Strategies to raise money from the party for ``personal enrichment,'' said Bill Shepherd, Florida's statewide prosecutor.

Johnson was a cooperating witness and struck a plea deal.

Greer was charged with money laundering, committing a scheme to defraud and four theft charges. The theft charges carry a maximum five-year prison sentence. The others call for a maximum 30-year prison term.

Greer's arrest was the first made by a statewide grand jury examining public corruption, which was called for by Gov. Charlie Crist, who personally picked Greer to lead the Republican Party of Florida.

Greer, pressured to resign from the party in February, has been under FDLE investigation since spring after new party leaders discovered the Victory Strategies contract.

While Greer took shots from numerous rank-and-file Republicans, Crist stood firmly by him.

``Sometimes, you're disappointed by people,'' Crist said Wednesday, calling the incident ``disappointing and surprising.''

Asked if he bore any blame for Greer's troubles, Crist said, ``I do not feel complicit.'' About 45 minutes before Greer's arrest, authorities informed Crist by telephone. Greer was picked up at his Oviedo home -- and accidentally cut himself while shaving. Two banks connected to Greer, SunTrust and United Legacy Bank, were searched along with Greer's home.

Greer started to lose control of the party as Republican John McCain's presidential campaign floundered in the must-win state of Florida. As Crist's fortunes sank over the following months, so did Greer's.

Meantime, word of big-spending on party American Express cards bedeviled Republicans, leading Greer to cut his AmEx card to stem the criticism. Greer charged about $500,000 on his card -- a fraction of what other party officials rang up.

Greer has long maintained he was innocent of all accusations and was a scapegoat for party leaders. Greer sued the party for failing to honor a $124,000 severance agreement. The secret Jan. 4 agreement was signed by party and legislative leaders, and said, ``All RPOF expenditures made during Chairman Greer's term as RPOF Chairman were proper, lawful, appropriate.''

In his lawsuit, Greer also accused his successor, St. Augustine Sen. John Thrasher, future Senate President Mike Haridopolos and future House Speaker Dean Cannon of using intermediaries to offer him ``hush money.''

All have denied Greer's accusations as ``groundless'' and ``outrageous.''

Shepherd and FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey suggested they weren't examining Cannon, Haridopolos or Thrasher, who previously had called Greer a ``criminal.''

``What we're focused on is Victory Strategies,'' Shepherd said.

Federal prosecutors are also examining party activities under the watch of Greer and Crist, who recently left the Republican Party amid a bitter U.S. Senate primary that he was expected to lose.

A major party and Crist fundraiser, Scott Rothstein, pleaded guilty to a $1 billion Ponzi scheme in which he was accused of funneling ill-gotten gains to unnamed politicians. And one-time Crist contributor and Republican fundraiser Alan Mendelsohn has been indicted in an unrelated corruption scheme.

The state probe of Greer was launched after an internal party audit unearthed evidence of the party consulting contract struck by Greer and his hand-picked former executive director, Johnson.

The party audit showed that Greer owned 60 percent of the company and Johnson owned the remaining 40 percent.

Greer authorized the contract to let Johnson take a 10 percent commission on all dollars he raised for the party coffers. It totaled $133,005 for 2009, with an additional $66,250 for other consulting services.

``This information indicates there may have been criminal activity surrounding a former senior official of the Republican Party of Florida and a company called Victory Strategies, LLC,'' Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said in a March 15 statement when he turned the investigation over to FDLE.

 


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Jim Greer arrestado
Fue apresado en su residencia


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Jim Greer fue arrestado en su residencia.

EFE

2 de Junio de 2010

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OVEIDO, Florida.- El ex presidente del Partido Republicano de Florida, Jim Greer, fue arrestado este miércoles por presunto fraude organizado, lavado de dinero y robo en mayor cuantía vinculado con un contrato de asesoría con esa organización partidista, informó una fuente oficial.

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El fiscal Bill Shepherd de la Fiscalía General de Florida hizo el anuncio en una conferencia de prensa en Orlando, en el centro del estado, en la que participaron agentes del Departamento del Cumplimiento de la Ley (FDLE, en inglés) y que estuvieron a cargo de la detención de Greer en su residencia en Oviedo, en el condado de Seminole.

Un gran jurado acusó a Greer, de 47 años, de seis cargos, por presuntamente utilizar una compañía fantasma para recaudar fondos para el partido y usarlos para su "enriquecimiento personal", precisó Shepherd.

La investigación sobre el supuesto mal manejo de fondos por parte de Greer empezó en marzo pasado, después de que la Oficina del Fiscal General de Florida, Bill McCollum, recibiera informes sobre la presunta actividad delictiva del ex político y de su empresa Victory Strategies, LLC, dijo el Comisionado de Policía de Florida Gerald Bailey.

Greer, al inicio de su segundo término en la presidencia del Partido Republicano de Florida, designó a Delmar W. Johnson III como director ejecutivo de esa organización y lo puso al frente de un convenio para servicios de manejos de contribuciones, según los documentos judiciales divulgados hoy.

De acuerdo con los investigadores, Greer y Johnson presuntamente se quedaban con el diez por ciento de las contribuciones que se emitían para el partido que eran de montos mayores y luego se lo repartirían entre ambos.

Ambos fundaron en febrero de 2009 la empresa Victory Strategies y poco después firmaron el acuerdo de manejo de fondos de las contribuciones con el Partido Republicano de Florida, dijeron las autoridades.

El FDLE, por su parte, informó que "bajo la dirección de Greer, Johnson abrió una cuenta de banco para Victory Strategies, LLC nombrándose el mismo como la única firma (autorizada) en la cuenta", con el fin, alegan las autoridades policiales, de "esconder el flujo de dinero hacia Greer".

"El Partido Republicano de Florida habría pagado un total de 199.254 dólares a Victory Strategies entre febrero y octubre de 2009. De esos fondos, a Greer se le pagó 125.161 dólares, al tiempo que mantenía oculto su interés en ese negocio del cual sólo aparecía como dueño del 60 por ciento de las acciones sin ocupar ningún cargo en particular", precisó el FDLE.

Sobre el arresto de Greer, el fiscal general de Florida Bill McCollum dijo hoy en un comunicado que su oficina "procesará (judicialmente) este caso con toda la extensión permitida por la ley y estamos seguros que la justicia será servida".

Greer recientemente incomodó al Partido Republicano después de declarar su apoyo a la candidatura independiente al Senado federal de Charlie Crist, por encima del favorito de su partido, Marco Rubio.

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Un gran jurado acusó a Greer, de 47 años, de seis cargos, por presuntamente utilizar una compañía fantasma para recaudar fondos para el partido y usarlos para su "enriquecimiento personal", precisó Shepherd.    http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?cid=2423022  

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