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Top Democrats, including President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Obama, endorsed Andrew Gillum’s failed Florida gubernatorial bid and hailed him as a man of character before he became embroiled in multiple scandals, the latest being a slew of federal charges related to campaign fraud.
Gillum, who narrowly lost to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in a race that required a recount, was indicted on charges including conspiracy, making a false statement to the FBI, and 19 counts of wire fraud, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The Biden Department of Justice announced on June 22 that former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum, seen here, was indicted on charges including conspiracy, making a false statement to the FBI, and 19 counts of wire fraud. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Gillum, who was once mayor of Tallahassee, is accused of acting in concert with associate Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks to solicit funds using false representations and promises.
“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,” a