Make us your home page

The Buzz

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Ray Sansom, Bob Richburg indicted



UPDATE: Click here to read the indictment.

For official misconduct dealing with the $6 million Sansom secured for an airport building once sought by developer and major GOP donor Jay Odom. The misconduct was for creating false budget documents suggesting the building was a "multi-use educational facility" when in fact, it was an aircraft hangar.

Northwest Florida State College President Bob Richburg was also indicted for perjury for stating that there were not discussions about the hangar.

“We believe that Speaker-designate Ray Sansom because of his friendship and political contributions violated the trust that the citizens of Florida should expect from its elected representatives," a grand jury report reads.

The official charge against both men is official misconduct. It is a third -degree felony punishable by maximum five-year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine.

As for a secretive meeting the two set up last spring at the Florida State University private dining club: "Your grand jurors find that the spirit of the Sunshine Law was clearly violated by both President Ricburg and Representative Sansom.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:37pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours