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Sansom charged with grand theft over hangar

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A4s_sansom110509_101553c In a surprise escalation of the case against ousted House Speaker Ray Sansom, a state prosecutor Wednesday charged him with grand theft for directing $6 million in taxpayer money for an airport building that a private developer wanted to use.

Leon County State Attorney Willie Meggs filed identical grand theft and conspiracy to commit grand theft charges against developer Jay Odom and former Northwest Florida State College president Bob Richburg.

"There is something inherently wrong with what happened here," said Meggs, whose case had run into legal snags.

The men are accused of conspiring with Sansom, one-time chief budget writer in the House, to use $6 million in taxpayer money for an airport hangar Odom wanted to use for his corporate jet business.

Officially, the money was to be used by Northwest Florida State College to build an emergency operations and training facility at Destin Airport. Sansom insists that was its only purpose. (story here)

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:12pm]

    

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