TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Andrew Gillum, the 2018 Democratic nominee for Florida governor, is going through 21 federal costs associated to a scheme to hunt donations and funnel a portion of them again to him by way of third events, the U.S. legal professional’s workplace introduced Wednesday.
Gillum, 42, and co-defendant Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, face 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum can be charged with making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The U.S. legal professional’s workplace stated the pair “conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and acquiring funds from varied entities and people by way of false and fraudulent guarantees and representations that the funds can be used for a respectable objective.”
Lettman-Hicks then used her firm to fraudulently give cash to Gillum disguised as payroll funds, the workplace stated in a press launch.
It’s the newest bother for Gillum, who narrowly misplaced to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in a race that required a recount.
Gillum served as mayor of Tallahassee earlier than operating for governor.
In March 2020, Gillum was discovered intoxicated and unconscious in a lodge room with two males, together with one who works as a male escort. Two days later he entered a rehabilitation heart, and later did a tv interview and stated he’s bisexual.