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Former Fla. GOP Chair Busted for Bilking Benjamins From Party

Jim Greer has been charged with a number of felonies in connection with trying to skim from the Florida GOP.

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Former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer has been charged with a number of felonies in connection with trying to skim from the Florida GOP.

The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida has been arrested for allegedly running a scam bilking money from the party.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement took Jim Greer into custody Wednesday at his Orlando-area home. Florida statewide prosecutor William Shepherd says the 47-year-old Greer has been charged with one count of organized scheme to defraud, four counts of felony grand theft and one count of money laundering.

Greer resigned in February after reports surfaced that he used party funds on ritzy hotels, gourmet restaurants and private jets.

His steep descent from party chairman to pariah could drag down Gov. Charlie Crist's bid for U.S. Senate. The two are longtime allies, and Crist backed Greer until the day he stepped down.

Greer's attorney did not immediately return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment.

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