In 2018, Tallahassee’s former Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum came within less than a percentage point of defeating Republican Ron DeSantis.
The Daily Wire reported this week that Gillum was hit with 21 federal felony charges in connection with his campaign.
False and fraudulent promises
That’s according to a statement released on Wednesday by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.
“A federal grand jury has returned a twenty-one count indictment against Andrew Demetric Gillum, 42, and Sharon Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, both of Tallahassee, Florida,” it read.
“The Indictment alleges that between 2016 and 2019, defendants Gillum and Lettman-Hicks conspired to commit wire fraud, by unlawfully soliciting and obtaining funds from various entities and individuals through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose,” the statement continued.
“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,” it went on to add.
The statement went on to explain that “[b]oth defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud” and that “Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Gillum discovered with drugs and male escort in 2020
The Daily Mail reported in 2020 that Gillum was discovered in a hotel room surrounded by “plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth, empty beer bottles and prescription pills.”
“Gillum, a married dad-of-three who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor, was too ‘inebriated’ to tell cops what went down when they arrived at Miami’s Mondrian Hotel early last Friday,” the paper said.
“He was inside room 1107 with two more men, one of them a hunky 30-year-old male escort named Travis Dyson, who was found naked and in the throes of a drug overdose,” it stated.
Officers with the Miami Beach Police Department were reportedly told by 56-year-old Aldo Mejias that he dialed 911 upon discovering Dyson “vomiting in the bathroom.”
“Mr. Mejias began conducting chest compressions on Mr. Dyson and proceeded to contact police and fire rescue,” the police report read.