Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Accused of Wire FraudEarlier this year‚ President Joe Biden appointed U.S. Attorney Jason Coody‚ along with Assistant U.S. Attorneys Stephen Kunz and Andrew Grogan‚ to investigate the allegations against the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee. The charges allege that Gillum obtained money disguised as payroll payments from Lettman-Hicks‚ who used the money for personal use. The indictment‚ which is 26 pages long‚ outlines interactions between Gillum and undercover FBI agents‚ who posed as real estate developers.
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON‚ (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department announced Wednesday that a federal grand jury voted to indict Andrew Gillum‚ a former Democratic mayor of Tallahassee and Florida gubernatorial hopeful on conspiracy charges. Gillum (42)‚ is being held accountable for numerous crimes along with Sharon Janet Lettman–Hicks (53) according to the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Gillum lost his bid to be Florida's first African governor to Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is a loyal ally to former President Donald Trump. Gillum and LettmanHicks were accused by the Justice Department of conspiring for wire fraud‚ soliciting money using false promises. This happened between 2016-2019 According to the department‚ they allegedly obtained money that was funneled into Lettman-Hicks' company and then disguised as payments for Gillum‚ which Gillum claimed he received for personal use. Lettman–Hicks and Gillum are both facing 19 wire fraud charges. Gillum also faces false statements to FBI agents. Gillum stated that the case was motivated by politics in a statement he provided to NBC News. He said that he has been the target of a political attack since my time as mayor in Tallahassee. My legal team has my full support and will prove that I am innocent now‚ unlike when they found nothing. (Reporting by Sarah N. LynchEditing By Bill Berkrot