Andrew Gillum, Former Mayor of Tallahassee Indicted for Wire Fraud & Lying to the Feds

Former Mayor of Tallahassee Indicted for Wire Fraud & Lying to the Feds
Former Mayor of Tallahassee Indicted for Wire Fraud & Lying to the Feds (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/MSNBC)

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, has been indicted on 21 federal charges, including conspiracy and wire fraud, for diverting charitable contributions through 3rd parties back to himself for private use.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida, Gillum, 42, is also charged with making false statements to the FBI for claiming he didn’t receive or ask for anything from two undercover agents acting as developers.

Undercover officers offered presents and cash in return for project support, according to the AP.

U.S. Attorney Jason R. Coody said in a statement that Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, the owner of a communications business, is a co-defendant on the wire fraud charges for diverting funds to Gillum in the way of payroll checks.

Prosecutors stated that the two “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.”

Gillum denied the charges in a statement released through his lawyers.

“Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. Throughout my career I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power,” the statement said.

“There’s been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.”

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