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Greene paid his own filing fee; won’t face additional criminal charges

Jul 9, 2010 6:50:00 PM - thestate.com

Alvin Greene, the obscure jobless man whose come-from-nowhere victory in the June S.C. Senate Democratic primary for U.S. Senate created a national furor, had legitimate sources of income to finance his $10,400 primary entry fee, law enforcement sources said Friday.

But Greene’s assets does not mean he lied to authorities when he claimed indigence and he received a public defender in a criminal case still pending against him. Greene could have faced criminal deception charges for requesting a taxpayer funded lawyer.

Greene’s surprise victory over prominent former circuit judge Vic Rawl caused many to speculate that well-to-do Republican operatives had secretly bankrolled Greene’s primary entry fee to sabotage the primary. 

The mystery surrounding Greene’s victory also caused comedians to make South Carolina – already a laughingstock due to sex allegations surrounding Gov. Mark Sanford and gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley – once again the butt of numerous national jokes.

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