Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who ran for governor of Florida in 2018 against Republican Ron DeSantis, has been charged with fraud.
He and one of his associates allegedly misused campaign funds for personal use. They are also facing charges of wire fraud and lying to the FBI.
The people of Florida must be pretty relieved that they did not elect this man.
NBC News reports:
Andrew Gillum, DeSantis’ 2018 opponent, indicted for wire fraud, false statements
Andrew Gillum, the once-rising Florida Democratic star who narrowly lost the 2018 governor’s race to Ron DeSantis, was hit with a 21-count federal indictment Wednesday for wire fraud, related conspiracy charges and making false statements.
Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor, was charged along with his mentor, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, for fraudulently fundraising from “various entities” between 2016 to 2019, according to a Department of Justice press release. The Justice Department said the two allegedly diverted some of the money to a company controlled by Lettman-Hicks, who fraudulently disguised the funds as payroll payments to Gillum.
In a written statement, Gillum and his lawyers proclaimed his innocence. Lettman-Hicks — a candidate for a state House seat — has not returned texts or calls from NBC News requesting comment…
The indictment marks a new low for Gillum, a married father of three who withdrew from public life as a political leader and a paid CNN commentator after a March 2020 sex scandal involving a suspected male overdose victim in a South Beach hotel.
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At the time, Gillum said he was abusing alcohol as he coped with his loss to DeSantis, but campaign finance records and a leaked criminal subpoena in 2019 showed that Gillum also faced the pressure of an FBI investigation.
What an absolute disaster for Gillum and the Democrats.
Andrew Gillum indictment /- damn, that is a lot of lying, cheating, stealing, ‘n corruption in less than two years. And to think this mess of a man almost became the governor of the great state of Florida! 😳
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) June 22, 2022
Gillum is obviously a very troubled man.
Florida should be thankful he is not their chief executive.