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Former Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and an associate were indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and making false statements.
Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, were accused of unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals between 2016-19 through false and fraudulent promises and representations indicating the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose, U. S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Jason R. Coody announced.
The 21-count indictment also alleges that 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 were charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum also was charged with making false statements to the FBI.
Gillum and Lettman-Hicks could face up to five years for making false statements, 20 years for conspiracy to commit fraud, and 20 years for wire fraud.
Gillum, who lost to Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018, told associates he expected to be indicted in federal court as early as Wednesday, NBC News said earlier in the day.
Gillum, in a written statement to NBC News, acknowledged the case.
"I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people," Gillum told NBC News. "Every campaign I'... (Read more)