Former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum and his adviser are facing a string of federal fraud charges for misusing campaign funds, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.
Federal prosecutors said the 2018 Democratic nominee for governor and chief executive of the National Black Justice Coalition Sharon Lettman-Hicks have been charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum was also indicted for making false statements to the FBI.
Gillum said the charges are part of a political scheme against him. Both he and Lettman-Hicks pleaded not guilty to the federal indictment on Wednesday, June 22, and could face up to 20 years in prison.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people,” Gillum said. “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal; it is political.”
Democratic candidate for Florida governor Andrew Gillum speaks to students and supporters at Bethune-Cookman University on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
“Throughout my career, I have always stood up for the people of Florida and have spoken truth to power. There’s been a target on my back ever...