Former Democratic candidate for Florida’s governor, Andrew Gillum, has been indicted on multiple fraud charges relating to campaign funding.
A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one-count indictment against Gillum, 42.
The indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose.
The indictment also alleges Gillum and Lettman-Hicks used third parties to divert a portion of those funds to a company owned by Lettman-Hicks, who then fraudulently provided the funds, disguised as payroll payments, to Gillum for his personal use.
The former Tallahassee mayor is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Gillum’s attorneys, Marc Elias and David Oscar Markus, issued the following statement to the press: “The government got it wrong today. The evidence, in this case, is clear and will show that Mr. Gillum is innocent of all charges. We look forward to putting this case to rest and giving Andrew and his family peace of mind once and for all.”
Gillum himself issued a statement disputing the allegations. “I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said.
“Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal; it is political.”
This is not the first time Gillum has had some legal trouble. In March 2020, Gillum was found intoxicated and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, including one who works as a male escort. Later, he would disclose that he was bisexual.
As to the current chargers, authorities say Gillum and his co-defendant face the following prison terms, if found guilty:
- 5 years: Making False Statements
- 20 years: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
- 20 years: Wire Fraud
9 thoughts on “Former Democratic Florida Gubernatorial Candidate Indicted on Fraud Charges!”
They just can’t help themselves. They see so much money and instead of doing anything good with it they figure how to break the law without anybody see it. Do we see Demon-rats in the light of day for who and what they are? CROOKS THE WHOLE LOT OF THEM!
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