Grand jury indicts Sansom, college president

04/17/09 Seán Kinane
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Former Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom was indicted today, along with his former boss, Northwest Florida State College President Bob Richburg.

A state grand jury indicted the Sansom for official misconduct, a third-degree felony charge. Sansom is accused of misusing his legislative position to benefit Richburg’s Panhandle college that then hired Sansom for a six-figure job.

Richburg is also charged with perjury, according to State Attorney Willie Meggs.

Yesterday Sansom, a Republican who is still a member of the Florida House of Representatives, spent an hour and 20 minutes answering the grand jury’s questions.

Sansom stepped down as House speaker because of the grand jury investigation and an ongoing ethics commission inquiry into helping direct millions of dollars to the college.

WMNF spoke today with Eric Jotkoff, communications director for the Florida Democratic Party.

“It’s a major historical event for Florida and one we shouldn’t be so proud of as a state,” Jotkoff said.

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