(Slay News) – Andrew Gillum, Gov. Ron DeSantis’s Democrat opponent in the 2018 Florida gubernatorial race, has been indicted on 21 counts of fraud and faces 45 years in prison.
Four years after DeSantis narrowly beat Gillum to become governor, Florida residents are now realizing how close they came to catastrophe.
Since the election, Gillum’s life has spiraled out of control.
Gillum was busted with drugs and in the company of other men shortly after he lost the nailbiter election.
And now he just got indicted on 21 counts and faces 45 years in prison.
By contrast, DeSantis has been the most popular governor in America and a rising star in the Republican Party.
He has stood up against the woke mob and won and passed environmental bills that even the Democrats had to get behind.
DeSantis got 4,075,445 votes and Gillum got 4,041,762 in the 2018 election.
The Department of Justice issued a statement that said:
“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.
“The indictment was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.
“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 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.
“Both defendants are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“The initial appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at 2:00 pm, at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee in the Magistrate Judge’s Courtroom on the main floor.
“The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen M. Kunz and Andrew J. Grogan.
“An indictment is merely an allegation by a grand jury that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt.
“All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Andrew Gillum, the once-rising Florida Democratic star who narrowly lost his 2018 gubernatorial race against Ron DeSantis, has told associates that he expects to be indicted in federal court as early as today for alleged fraud tied to his campaign, NBC News has learned.
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The Justice Department listed the maximum terms of imprisonment for the offenses as follows:
5 years: Making False Statements
20 years: Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud
20 years: Wire Fraud