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The golden boy of the Florida Democratic Party has, again, really stepped in it.
Andrew Gillum, who narrowly lost to current Florida governor Ron DeSantis, just had the hammer dropped on him with 21 felony charges related to the failed campaign.
From Daily Wire:
“A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Andrew Demetric Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, both of Tallahassee, Florida,” United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida said in a statement.
Gillum claimed in a statement that he was innocent and that the charges were political, even though he is being charged by the Department of Justice, which is overseen by the Biden administration.
“The Indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, defendants Gillum and Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose,” the statement says. “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,” the statement added. “Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
So, basically, Gillum has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, committing wire fraud to enrich himself and his buddies. And on top of that, he lied about it.
Of course, this isn’t Gillum’s first run-in with the law.
And Florida almost elected this man over DeSantis, who is clearly the best governor in the United States.
Imagine how different things would have turned out if Gillum was in Tallahassee now.
DeSantis’s press secretary reminded us all recently what very well could have been:
But these new charges are just the icing on the cake in the world of Andrew Gillum scandals.
If found guilty, Gillum faces up to 5 years in prison for making false statements, 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and 20 years in prison per charge for wire fraud.
NBC News national political reporter Marc Caputo tweeted that Gillum surrendered to authorities this morning ahead of the indictment being unsealed.
It looks like this may be the end of the former mayor of Tallahassee’s political career.
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