Andrew Gillum, a former Democratic governor, has been charged in federally on 21 counts including conspiracy and wire fraud. According to authorities, the 42-year-old ex-politician is accused of funneling donations through third parties and then writing the proceeds back to himself for his own personal use.
On top of the charges Gillum is already facing, he has been charged with false statements to the Federal Bureau Investigations, alleging, he never received nor requested donations from two posing developers, and that he had no knowledge of being undercover FBI agents. Gillum provided gifts and money to the informants in exchange for investment.
While visiting Hamilton on Broadway, undercover officers were paid $100,000 for his campaign, including a boat ride, and a ticket to Gillums hotel, as well as a souvenir. Gillum later denied receiving any financial or financial assistance from the posing developers, and claimed to have halted all communication with them.
The name of Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, the owner of a communications company, has been investigated as a wire fraud officer, according to U.S. Attorney Jason Coody. Prosecutors are accusing the duo of, conspiring to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations.
Both Gillum and Hicks have denied any accusations against them.
Gillum wrote to the public that his case is not legal, but political. Throughout my career, I have always stood up for the people of Florida and spoken truth to power. There was no point on my back since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have absolutely confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence right now.
Another unnamed person in the conviction claims to have donated $250,000 to the Gillums campaign, which claimed only $100,000 of the proceeds was actually used for the cause. Again, the two stated that the remainder of $150,000 was intended for voter education programs, although the service was never provided. In fact, she took several payments back to Gillum, ranging from $3,600 to $10,000 each.
Gillum was once considered a fresh air in the Democratic Party until a few life events intoxicated his accomplishments. In 2018, Gillum was hired as a CNN analyst after proving himself as a charismatic politician in his governor-run for Tallahassee. He later entered a rehabilitation center, which he later revealed in a television interview.
As Gillum and Hicks are both on bail, the next trial date will be set for August 16th.