Former Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer was arrested at his home earlier today and booked at the Seminole County Jail. Greer was indicted by a statewide grand jury with six felonies, including fraud, money laundering and four counts of grand theft.
Greer resigned as Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida in the midst of controversy over his extravagant spending and partisan abuse of his office in attempting to influence the Senate race in favor of Governor Charlie Crist. He had also come under fire for efforts to purge opponents from the party hierarchy, including elected party officers who were members of the Republican Liberty Caucus and other grassroots reform groups.
The indictments against Greer stem from actions of the fundraising company Victory Strategies LLC, in which Greer was the controlling partner. Greer is accused of transferring all party fundraising to his company without authorization from the Executive Committee and keeping that action secret. He is also accused of misdirecting party funds to his company without approval.
At a noon press conference, State Prosecutor William Shepherd said that Greer took at least $100,000 from the Republican Party for his personal expenses and that Victory Strategies was a shell company created primarily to divert money illegally to Greer.
Greer was a close political ally of Governor Crist and this indictment is likely to further boost the insurgent senatorial campaign of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio going into the August primary.