Andrew Gillum, once a Democrat cause celebre, is now in serious legal trouble.
Gillum — the former mayor of Tallahassee, Florida and Ron DeSantis’ challenger in the 2018 election — was charged Wednesday with 21 felony counts in connection with his failed 2018 campaign, according to the Daily Wire.
“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,” said the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida in a statement.
“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 read.
“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,” the statement noted.
“Gillum is also charged with making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Gillum, a self-identified progressive, lost the 2018 race to DeSantis by less than a point, 49.6% to 49.2%.
At the time, the close margin made Gillum a rising star in the party, particularly given how out-of-step his leftism was with traditional Florida politics.
However, Gillum’s star fell precipitously after a March 2020 incident in which the married father of three was found in a Miami hotel room with an overdosed male prostitute, too “inebriated” to tell police what had happened.
“Plastic baggies of suspected crystal meth, empty beer bottles and prescription pills are seen scattered among trash and soiled bedding in the shocking images,” the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.
“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.”
Gillum would enter rehab after the incident.
The former gubernatorial candidate turned himself in to police Wednesday morning ahead of the indictment against him being unsealed.
He said in a statement that the charges were politically motivated. However, it’s worth noting the Department of Justice, controlled by President Joe Biden’s administration, is charging the Democrat Gillum.
Gillum could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted.