“after a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment”
Andrew Gillum, the Democrat who ran for governor of Florida against Ron DeSantis in 2018, was charged with fraud by federal authorities this week.
Gillum and one of his associates are accused of misusing campaign funds for personal purposes and wire fraud.
The last time Gillum was in the news he had been found on the floor of a motel room after abusing illegal drugs under shady circumstances. Can you imagine if this man won in 2018?
Max Greenwood reports at The Hill:
Andrew Gillum, 2018 Florida governor candidate, charged with fraud
Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor, and a longtime adviser were indicted in federal court on Wednesday on fraud charges.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida announced the charges against Gillum and Sharon Letterman-Hicks, a longtime Gillum adviser and the chief executive of the National Black Justice Coalition, after a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment.
The indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, Gillum and Letterman-Hicks illegally solicited funds under false pretenses. It also alleges that the pair used third parties to direct some of those funds to a company owned by Letterman-Hicks, who then funneled the funds to Gillum for his personal use.
Both Gillum and Letterman-Hicks are facing 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum is also facing a charge of making false statements to the FBI.
Gillum and Letterman-Hicks are set to make their initial appearance in a Tallahassee federal court on Wednesday afternoon.
The alleged corruption actually predates the 2018 election:
Charges date back to 2016, before he ran for gov —> Andrew Gillum, 2018 Florida governor candidate, charged with fraud | The Hill https://t.co/oP4qBIOI8M
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 22, 2022
According to Kevin Tober of NewsBusters, liberal media outlets largely skipped covering this story but Bret Baier of FOX News gave it a mention:
Networks Ignore Former DeSantis Opponent Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges
On Wednesday, it was reported that former Tallahassee Mayor and one-time Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum along with his associate Sharon Lettman-Hicks, were indicted on 21 counts of federal fraud charges. While this would be widely reported if Gillum was a Republican, all three evening newscasts ignored the story. The only evening news program to cover the Gillum indictment was Fox News Channel’s Special Report.
Instead of covering the Gillum indictment, ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News & NBC Nightly News decided to waste their viewer’s time on local weather reports, a shark attack off the coast of California, and newly released bodycam footage of a woman falling off a subway platform in New York City.
All three evening newscasts ignored former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum's federal fraud charges. As expected, as one of the few real news anchors left in America, @BretBaier covered it. pic.twitter.com/THAB9GRA7i
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) June 22, 2022
Gillum is going to be represented by Hillary Clinton ally and all-around Democrat party flack Marc Elias because of course he will.
Represented by noted election huckster @marceelias, the man responsible for the 2016 Russia Collusion hoax and the hundreds of changes to laws and processes to enable the ensuing destabilization in the run-up to 2020. https://t.co/zZrnUX85Z4
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 22, 2022
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