TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has been indicted on multiple charges connected to campaign contribution fraud before and during his 2018 run for governor of Florida.
The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida unsealed the indictment Wednesday, showing Gillum has 21 counts against him. The indictment alleges that Gillum accepted gifts and campaign contributions from an undercover FBI agent.
Gillum is facing charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and making false statements to FBI agents, the court document says.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks was also listed as a defendant in the indictment.
It alleges that between 2016 and 2019, the two conspired to commit wire fraud by soliciting and obtaining funds from various people and companies through false promises that the money would be used strictly for the campaign.
The indictment also says the two used third parties to divert some of the money to a Lettman-Hicks owned company, then she would give the money to Gillum, disguised as payroll payments, for his personal use. According to the details laid out in the charges, at least $56,752 was paid out to Gillum via Lettman-Hicks’ company, P&P Communications.
Gillum and Lettman-Hicks face 19 counts of wire fraud. Lettman-Hicks had just qualified to run as a candidate for the District 8 seat in the Florida House of Representatives on June 17, according to the Florida Secretary of State’s Division of Elections.
Gillum and his attorney released the following statements morning Wednesday:
“The government got it wrong today. The evidence in this case is clear and will show that Mr. Gillum is innocent of all charges. We look forward to putting this case to rest and giving Andrew and his family peace of mind once and for all,” attorney Marc Elias said.
“I have spent the last 20 years of my life in public service and continue to fight for the people. Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity,” Gillum said. “Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political. 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 since I was the mayor of Tallahassee. They found nothing then, and I have full confidence that my legal team will prove my innocence now.”
Both Gillum and Lettman-Hicks entered not guilty pleas to the charges during their first court appearance Wednesday afternoon. Gillum was dressed in a suit and wearing handcuffs and shackles around his ankles during the court appearance.
The two were released to await trial, which is now set for August 16.
You can view the indictment below or follow this link to see the court document.
Timeline of events for Andrew Gillum
- 2003: Elected Tallahassee City Commissioner at age 23, becoming the youngest person ever to serve on the commission
- 2014: Elected Mayor of Tallahassee
- 2017: Photo surfaces of Gillum on a 2016 outing in New York City with undercover FBI agents
- Aug 2018: Gillum wins Democratic primary for FL Governor
- Oct 2018: Documents show undercover FBI agents provided Hamilton tickets during Gillum’s 106 NY trip
- Nov 2018: Narrowly loses Florida gubernatorial race to Ron DeSantis
- May 2019: Ethics commission finds he violated ethics laws, he agrees to pay a fine
- March 2020: Found drunk inside Miami Beach hotel, alongside overdosing man, with drugs present (no arrests)
- June 2022: Indicted on federal fraud charges tied to his time as mayor, his campaign for governor, and the FBI corruption probe of city hall
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism