Jacksonville councilman charged, suspended

Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:04 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 7:04 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville city councilman has been suspended from office by the governor after prosecutors charged him with conducting real estate transactions without a license.

The state attorney's office announced the felony charge against John Meserve on Tuesday, and the governor's office announced the councilman's suspension several hours later.

Prosecutors say Meserve kept unlicensed deals concealed from a city advisory board that he chaired when he received four commission checks.

Meserve admitted receiving about $105,000 for helping with Mayport land deals in 2005 and 2006, while he was mayor of Atlantic Beach, but denied doing anything illegal.

Meserve was not arrested but given a notice to appear in court.

Meserve's attorney says they plan to fight the charge.

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