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Sansom Faces Perjury Charge

May 27th, 2009 by flanews

A third person has been indicted in the case involving former House Speaker Ray Sansom.

Wednesday a grand jury indicted political contributor Jay Odom. Sansom helped secure six million state dollars to build an airplane hanger for Odom. The hanger was disguised in the budget as classroom space for Northwest Florida State College. Now Sansom, Odom, and the schools president Bob Richburg each face a felony charge of official misconduct. Today the Grand Jury also added a perjury charge for Sansom. State Attorney Willie Meggs said theres proof Sansom lied under oath.

The charge will be that he testified that this was never going to be for private use and he testified to that numerous times over in the transcript and thats why Im a little hesitant to try to get into those areas because it may not be appropriate at this moment. Well, what did you find, asked one Reporter. We found documents to the contrary, Meggs replied.

The six million dollars for the hanger is being returned to the state. The school has since fired Richburg, but he has asked for his job back.

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