Former Florida GOP leader Jim Greer faces sentencing

ORLANDO - The former chair of the Republican Party of Florida is facing sentencing, completing the fall of a man who was once one of the most powerful political figures in the state.

Jim Greer could face a prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 35 years when he goes before a judge Wednesday in Orlando.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and a single count of money laundering last month, right before his trial was scheduled to start.

The 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 intraparty strife.

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