TALLAHASSEE, FL – In 2018, Andrew Gillum ran against Ron DeSantis in the race for the Florida governor’s mansion. He lost that race.
Now, the former Tallahassee mayor may be losing something for more precious than an election: his freedom.
According to the Daily Wire, Gillum was just indicted on 21 counts related to crimes he allegedly committed in relationship to his campaign finances.
Gillum claims his innocence and says that the charges are political, but the charges are coming from the Biden Department of Justice.
“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.
He is charged with 19 counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of making a false statement.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations, which conducted the probe, say that he lied to agents during an interview.
“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 said.
“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.”
NBC’s Marc Caputo tweeted that Gillum had turned himself in to authorities in advance of the unsealing of the indictments which will come later this afternoon in a federal court.
He also tweeted a statement from both Gillum and his legal team.
Gillum surrendered at 10 am and expects indictment to be unsealed at 1, associates say
We don’t have specifics but here’s the first full story (working on it since last night but they blasted out a statement this am confirming)https://t.co/YTVnOusr0z
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) June 22, 2022
Marc Elias, one of Gillum’s attorneys stated:
“The government got it wrong today. The evidence in this case is clear and will show that Mr. Gillum is innocent of all charges. We look forward to putting this case to rest and giving Andrew and his family peace of mind once and for all.”
Gillum release a statement of his own.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people. Every campaign I’ve ever 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 into 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.”
If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 405 years in prison; 5 years for the false statement, 20 years for the conspiracy charge, and up to 380 years on the 19 wire fraud charges.
While Gillum stated that he has run his campaigns with integrity, he certainly has been stranger to controversy.
In early 2020, Gillum was one of three people found by police in a Miami hotel room with crystal meth and a male stripper. He was unable to speak to police due to his level of intoxication. He claimed to have only had too much to drink and never partook in the meth.
The gay, male escort was treated for an overdose.
It is important to note that Gillum was not charged with any criminal activity, and he checked himself into rehab.
UPDATE: Andrew Gillum Entering Rehab After Miami Incident, ‘Stepping Down’ from Politics https://t.co/bMO9AdZ9cY
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 16, 2020
The facts around his indictments are still being released and Law Enforcement Today will provide updates as they become available.
Andrew Gillum more than ruffled a few feathers in the law enforcement community during his campaign. We invite you to
An Open Letter from a Police Officer to Andrew Gillum
Dear Mr. Gillum,
Hey, how are you? I am 31 years old. I am a father of two angels (and I don’t care how much they poop). I have a mom who’s sweet, a dad who’s tough, and 3 siblings who think I am a king (I can neither confirm or deny this). I have trouble wrapping my head around something, and I was hoping you could help me out.
During a podcast on “Pod Save America,” you stated, “At the time a law enforcement official has to go to a weapon, to a gun, to a baton, to a taser, then they have already had to go too far by their very presence.”
Well, I was just wondering… what do you say to the families of Investigator Farrah Turner of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office? Sergeant Terrence Carraway of the Florence County Sheriff’s Office? Officer Antwan Toney of The Gwinnett County Police Department? Trooper Kevin Conner of The North Carolina Highway Patrol? They were all Law Enforcement Officials who were SHOT and KILLED just in this month of October. Do you feel that they went “too far”? Do you feel that by trying to defend themselves from death, they went overboard?
It’s not a big deal; take your time getting back to me. Whenever you get a chance… just looking for some guidance, I mean, you are running for Governor. As a Law Enforcement Officer in the state you’re running for, I’m just trying to gauge how dispensable you think I am.
When I am on the way to a dangerous call, a call where I have a statistically high chance of dying… a funny thing happens. The memory of those Law Enforcement Officials, you know, the ones who go “too far” pop into my head just as I arrive. They are seared into my memory, and I have never had the chance to meet them.
So, just need some advice. When I run to help a victim, and I am staring down the barrel of a gun, or I am looking at a shiny knife as it comes my way, or I am attacked by a mob… and the image of those dead Law Enforcement Officials pops into my head, and the images of my two angels, my mom, my dad, my siblings… increases my burning desire to go back home to them while simultaneously my chances of doing that decreases as time goes by… should I be worried about pissing off the potential future Governor, by going “too far’? Thanks.
A Man, a Father, a Son, a Brother, a Dispensable Cop…with everything to live for.
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