Thursday, June 23, 2022

Andrew Gillum Indicted on Campaign Finance Fraud Charges

Two years ago former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum's political career went down in flames after he was found naked and unconscious in a hotel room with two male escorts [click here if you missed that]. 

Now Gillum is being accused of campaign finance fraud...

From NBC News
Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, was charged along with his mentor, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, with fraudulently fundraising from "various entities" from 2016 to 2019, the Justice Department said in a news release. The Justice Department alleged that the two 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 — hasn’t replied to texts or calls requesting comment.
“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.”