Ron DeSantis’ former Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum is indicted on 21 counts of fraud charges in Tallahassee, then vows to fight ‘political’ charges
- Democrat Andrew Gillum has been indicted on 21 counts of fraud
- Charges are related to his 2018 gubenatorial campaign
- Gillum was defeated in that race by Republican Ron DeSantis
- Feds charge Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks with wire fraud and unlawfully soliciting funds
- Gillum denies the charges
A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Gillum, 42.
The Justice Department charges that Gillum and co-defendant Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through fraudulent promises.
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.
He and Lettman-Hicks, 53, have been arrested. They both surrendered to the FBI and are scheduled to have their first court appearance at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in Tallahassee.
Gillum denied any wrongdoing.
‘I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,’ he said in a prepared statement. ‘Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political.’
Democrat Andrew Gillum has been indicted on multiple federal charges connected to campaign contribution fraud during his 2018 run for governor of Florida
He was serving as mayor of Tallahassee when he ran for govenror in 2018.
He was the first black nominee for governor in Florida’s history but lost the general election to Republican Ron DeSantis, who now serves as governor.