Greer was hand picked by Crist to head the Florida GOP and Crist steadfastly stood by his man when pressure mounted on Greer to resign earlier this year. Today, Crist says he's disappointed.
Greer is charged with six felony counts stemming from his corporation Victory Strategies. Prosecutor William Shepherd explained that Greer set up this shell corporation on which he could write checks to himself from the donations using the money "for his own personal lifestyle."
One one such occasion Greer is suspected of writing himself a check for $39,000 from Victory Strategies for his own personal use. There are multiple instances of such behavior and Greer is now charged with fraud, money laundering and four counts of grand theft.
During the press conference today, Shepherd was asked about potential prison time:
When asked about potential prison time, it was explained that each of the six charges is a felony count. Three are third degree felonies which carry a potential five years each in prison. The two first degree felony counts carry a maximum of thirty years each.
Greer is charged in Orange County, Florida and will be tried there. His bond is $105,000. There are no further arrests expected at this time.
My report of the press conference is here.
Memeorandum thread is here.
Stacy McCain's post is here. His Am. Spec. post is here.