Former Florida governor candidate Andrew Gillum faces indictment

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election to Gov. Ron DeSantis.Gillum, 42, was named along with Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53.The indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud by obtaining funds through false promises and the illusion that the money would be used for a legitimate purpose.”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,” a release from the United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida stated. The initial appearance is scheduled for June 22. The maximum terms of imprisonment for the offenses are as follows:• 5 years: Making false statements• 20 years: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud• 20 years: Wire fraudIn a written statement, Gillum acknowledged the case but said it is politically motivated without offering specifics.“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. 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. 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.”

A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost the 2018 Florida gubernatorial election to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Gillum, 42, was named along with Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53.

The indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud by obtaining funds through false promises and the illusion that the money would be used for a legitimate purpose.

“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,” a release from the United States attorney for the Northern District of Florida stated.

The initial appearance is scheduled for June 22.

The maximum terms of imprisonment for the offenses are as follows:

• 5 years: Making false statements

• 20 years: Conspiracy to commit wire fraud

• 20 years: Wire fraud

In a written statement, Gillum acknowledged the case but said it is politically motivated without offering specifics.

“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. 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. 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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