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No criminal charges for Osceola County Clerk of Courts

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Sworn in a little more a year ago, Osceola County Clerk of Courts Armando Ramirez has been under scrutiny the entire time.

In an interview on Friday, Ramirez held a letter which cleared him of criminal wrongdoing by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

"This is the best news I have heard.  I am very happy," he told us.

Ramirez was accused of firing employees and exchanging employment for campaign contributions and political support.  He was also accused of public records violations by former employees.

"That allegation is baseless.  Some people, or past employees, could not accept having a person like me being an electable official," he said.  "They don't like my name or where O came from or my Spanish accent."

Allegations did not rise to justifying criminal charges, but State Attorney Jeff Ashton did suggest that Ramirez get more training on public record laws.

" I value his wisdom, and I am a great deliverer, but there is always room for improvement. I will take heed of that advice."

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