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Breaking: Jim Greer pleads guilty to four counts of grand theft




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Former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday morning to four charges of grand theft and one charge of money laundering, avoiding trial in a case that could have potentially embarrassed former Gov. Charlie Crist and much of the state’s Republican elite.

Jury selection had been expected to begin this morning.

Instead, Greer stood next to his lawyer Damon Chase a little before 10:30 a.m. and entered guilty pleas as part of a last-minute deal with prosecutors.

Greer decline to comment as he left the courtroom. Said Chase: “Sometimes clearing your name is not as important as taking care of your family.”

As part of the deal, Greer faces a maximum of 42.6 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled March 27.

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[Last modified: Monday, February 11, 2013 4:20pm]


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