Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, who lost to Governor Ron DeSantis in 2018, was indicted Wednesday on more than 20 fraud charges in connection with his campaign.
According to the Justice Department, the Democrat was charged with 21 counts of wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI. Press release,
Sharon Letman-Hicks, one of Gillum’s top advisers, is also facing 19 counts of conspiracy and wire fraud charges.
Gillum and Letman-Hicks allegedly raised the money between 2016 and 2019 by making false promises about the “legitimate purpose” of the money, and diverted the money to a company owned by Letman-Hicks, which then distributed it, “Disguised as payroll payments, according to the DOJ, to Gillum for his own personal use.
Gillum said in a statement NBC News The case was politically motivated, that “I have had a target on my back ever since I was mayor of Tallahassee,” and that they “have full confidence that my legal team will now prove my innocence.”
Gillum’s attorney, Mark Elias, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Forbes,
Gillum and Letman-Hicks were expected to appear in their preliminary court on Wednesday afternoon.