Gillum, former Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, charged with conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI

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After former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum lost the 2018 Florida Governor’s race in an absolute squeaker to Ron DeSantis, things went downhill for him from there.

On Wednesday, Gillum was charged with 19 counts of campaign finance wire fraud by the Justice Department. Along with the Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks cohort, he is accused of soliciting funds using false representations and promises.

Gillum is also accused of making false statements to the FBI.

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Details of the indictment

The indictment accuses Gillum and Lettman-Hicks of essentially funneling money through Lettman-Hicks’ company and into Gillum.

The funds, as linked by NBC, are linked to the campaign:

The two allegedly used his position as mayor, progressive activist, and then top gubernatorial candidate to duck money from various individual donors and nonprofit groups, fraudulently claiming to raise voter awareness or fight for voters. local government rights. while pocketing the cash – even after his gubernatorial campaign ended in 2018.

Gillum denies any wrongdoing and says the case is based on politics:

“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and I continue to fight for the people. Every campaign I have run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake, this case is not not legal, it’s political. Throughout my career, I have always stood up for the people of Florida and spoken truth to power. I’ve had a target on my back since I became mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing at that time, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.

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The rock star of the progressives

In 2018, Andrew Gillum was poised to become a rising star in the Democratic Party. He was certainly the dream of progressives. A former mayor of Tallahassee, Gillum ran for governor on issues such as Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage, earning the endorsement of socialist Bernie Sanders.

Had he won, he would have been the state’s first black governor. Gillum even had Republican strategists admitting his candidacy had the chance to bolster the Democratic ticket statewide.

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All that fell apart was that Gillum lost an incredibly close race to DeSantis, losing by just 32,000 votes.

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Other issues for Gillum

Andrew Gillum has had his share of legal trouble for quite some time. In March 2020, the Miami Police Department was called to a hotel room where Gillum was too drunk to speak.

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Gillum was in the hotel room with a male escort and photos showed drugs in the room.

Photos of the incident were reported in the press.

Gillum was due to make his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. If convicted on all counts, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count.

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