The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Andrew Gillum, who unsuccessfully ran for Florida governor against Ron DeSantis in 2018, was indicted on 19 counts of wire fraud, as well as conspiracy, and other charges.
Fox News reports:
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 Justice Department press release said.
The Justice Department did not go into details of the allegations, only to say the alleged scheme went on from 2016 to 2019. Local reporting from the Tallahassee Democrat indicated that the charges are based on campaign contributions that Gillum and Lettman-Hicks allegedly solicited from undercover FBI agents.
Gillum is also charged with making a false statement to the FBI.
Here’s how Twitter responded to the news:
Thank God that Ron DeSantis beat Andrew Gillum in 2018.
— Nick Adams (@NickAdamsinUSA) June 22, 2022
Remember when Gillum was discovered drunk in a Miami Beach hotel room with a gay porn actor high on crystal meth who advertised himself as a male escort https://t.co/parbXnE6Ei
— Mary Margaret Olohan (@MaryMargOlohan) June 22, 2022
Trump really saved Florida when he pushed DeSantis past Gillum
0.4% difference in 2018 and Gillum would be governor today
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 22, 2022
Naturally, leftists claimed the indictment of the allegedly corrupt politician was “racist.”
"Democrat Andrew Gillum–Ron DeSantis' 2018 opponent–indicted for wire fraud, false statements." DOJ has no problem prosecuting Democrats of color for crimes but rich white Trump gets to wage a coup and terrorist attack yet walks free!!!! https://t.co/72HSI4IhgW via @nbcnews
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) June 22, 2022
I want to go on record to state the indictment against Andrew Gillum for campaign related wire fraud is PROOF that our justice system is racist and broken.
Where are the indictments for DFG campaign and wire fraud, inauguration funding fraud, and all the fraud from the wall
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) June 22, 2022
Thank God for DeSantis and thanks to President Trump for helping! FL you see this? The people who voted for this dirtbag should be ashamed because they don’t love FL or the Country! This is really serious and you have voted corrupt Biden in as well!
Some people just don’t want to change. And if they do, it is for their own gain. The same can be said about most Latin American countries. There is always that person that will make the people believe that if they vote for him or her, they will help them. Once in power they turn their backs on who elected them. Sound familiar, but it is happening here too.