The charge comes following an investigation conducted by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation which found probable cause to charge Meserve for his involvement in a real estate deal connected to Mayport Village in 2005 and 2006 — one in which Meserve received $105,000 in commission from real estate broker Don Wolfson.
In a statement released by Corey Monday, she said Meserve failed to disclose his private business relationship to the group and failed to file timely financial disclosure forms with the state.
"Jacksonville’s citizens deserve better, and I expect those given the privilege of public service to recognize that they may not use their public position for private gain," Corey said. "When proof of such behavior is obtained, appropriate charges will follow during my tenure as State Attorney."
The third degree felony carries a maximum five years in prison, however, since Meserve would be classified as a first time offender, Corey said he would most likely face probation along with criminal fines.
Corey said Tuesday she would seek restitution from Meserve but would not pursue charges against Wolfson as the crime is only a misdemeanor and carries a one year statue of limitations.
Calls to Meserve for comment were not returned prior to press deadline.
Gov. Crist’s appointments office is now accepting applications for those interested in filling the seat left vacant following the suspension of Meserve.
Sterling Ivey, spokeperson for the governor’s office, said it will be approximately eight weeks before a replacement is appointed by the governor.