Former Florida GOP chair Jim Greer is sentenced to 1 ½ years for stealing party funds

ORLANDO - The former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida was sentenced to one and a half years for stealing more than $125,000 in party funds.

Jim Greer was sentenced in Orlando Wednesday, more than a month after he pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering. Circuit Judge Marc Lubet handed down a sentence that was less severe than the 3 1/2 years in prison requested by prosecutors.

A trial had threatened to expose the underbelly of Florida's dominant political party and its formerly high-spending ways.

Topics covered in pretrial depositions included allegations of prostitutes at a state GOP fundraiser in the Bahamas, the drinking habits of former Gov. Charlie Crist and intra-party strife.

Prosecutors say Greer funneled almost $200,000 to a company he had formed with his right-hand man and kept $125,000 for himself.

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