Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate who narrowly lost to Ron DeSantis for Florida governor in 2018, was indicted Wednesday over allegations of wire fraud, conspiracy, and making false statements to the FBI.
The 21-count indictment is against Gillum, a former Tallahassee mayor, and his mentor, Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks.
“The Indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, defendants Gillum and Lettman-Hicks 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,” a Justice Department statement said. “The Indictment further alleges the defendants 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. Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
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