Andrew Gillum, who was once a candidate for governor of Florida, has been indicted

Tallahassee Florida. Prosecutors said Wednesday that Andrew Gillum, the Democratic nominee for Florida governor of 2018, has been charged with 21 federal charges, including conspiracy and wire fraud to divert donations through third parties to himself for personal use.

Gillum, 42, is also accused of making false statements to the FBI for claiming he did not receive or solicit anything from two undercover agents posing as developers, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Florida said. Secret agents offered gifts and money in exchange for supporting projects.

US Attorney Jason R. Cody said in a statement that Sharon Janet Littman-Hicks, 53, a telecommunications company owner, is the defendant in charges of wire fraud to transfer money to Jhelum in the form of paychecks.

Prosecutors said the couple “conspired to commit fraud online, by soliciting and illegally obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose.”

Gillum, in a statement released by his attorney, denied the charges.

Make no mistake that this issue is not legal, it is political. And throughout my career, I’ve always supported the people of Florida and spoken truth to power.” “I’ve had a goal on my back since I was the captain of Tallahassee. They found nothing after that, and I have complete confidence that my legal team will now prove my innocence.

He made his first appearance in federal court on Wednesday afternoon, entering the courtroom with his ankles and wrists shackled. He and Littman Hicks pleaded not guilty of all charges. The trial date has been set for August 3. 16. They were released without bail with instructions not to leave the Northern District of Florida without permission.

Gillum met with undercover FBI agents posing as developers while he was president and during his campaign for governor. His associates sought donations from the agents, and suggested ways to save money without including it as political contributions, including paying for a fundraising dinner, according to the indictment.

The agents were asked to contribute $100,000 to the Gillum campaign and said the money could be given to a private company in order to keep the agents’ names out of campaign funding documents. Agents said they wanted a positive study on the development projects and were told that wouldn’t be a problem, according to the indictment.

The agents also met with Gillum in New York City and paid for the hotel, food and drink, a boat ride and a ticket to visit “Hamilton,” according to the indictment.

Later, other FBI agents interviewed Gillum and asked him if he had been in contact with undercover agents. The indictment said Gillum told them he had not been asked or received anything from the “developers”, and had stopped communicating with them after they tried to link contributions to support their projects.

An unnamed person in the indictment donated $250,000 to Gillum’s political committee, but only $100,000 was earmarked for the campaign. Guillaume and Littman Hicks said most of the remaining money was going to the voter education program, knowing that the service would not be provided, according to the indictment.

Instead, the money went to the Lettman-Hicks Company. She kept some and returned the rest to Jhelum in several payments ranging from roughly $3,600 to $10,000 each.

It’s the latest problem for Gillum, who lost to the Republican governor. Ron DeSantis in a race that asks for a recount. Gillum lost 32,464 votes after being elected out of more than 8.2 million votes cast.

Gillum served as major in Tallahassee before running for governor. He won a crowded Democratic primary against the best-financed candidates with 34.4% of the vote, much to the astonishment of political observers. The charismatic politician won the hearts of hard-line democratic activists and campaigned vigorously.

After the loss, Gillum was still seen as a rising star in Democratic politics and was hired as a CNN analyst.

Then, in March 2020, Gillum was found drunk and unconscious in a hotel room with two men, one of whom worked as a male escort. Two days later, he entered the rehabilitation centerAnd later gave a television interview in which he said that he is bisexual.

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