The beleaguered former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) was arrested this morning on charges of defrauding his paty of over $100,000.
Jim Greer was indicted on six charges of grand theft, fraud and money laundering.
Greer stands accused of using a shell company, Victory Strategies LLC, to steal money from Republican donors to maintain his own lavish lifestyle, statewide prosecutor William Shepherd announced at a press conference.
The former chairman's alleged scheme includes awarding RPOF
contracts to Victory Strategies and asking donors to contribute
directly to the company. In one instance, Greer allegedly transfered
$40,000 from his own re-election committee to Victory Strategies, then
wrote a check from Victory Strategies to himself for $39,000 the next day.
An ally of Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent, Greer stepped down from his post in January as the Crist-Mario Rubio primary heated up (before Crist became an independent).
In an ironic twist, the charges against Greer stemmed from the first indictment of a special grand jury empaneled by Crist last October to investigate political corruption.
Shepherd would not comment on whether Crist had been interviewed as part of the investigation.