Andrew Gillum Charged for Conspiracy and Fraud
By: Rachel Liao
On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in Tallahassee, Florida, former mayor Andrew Gillum was put on trial for committing conspiracy and fraud. Other reasons for his trial include his lies to the FBI and pocketing thousands of dollars in his campaign contributions, a crime which can lead up to a maximum of 45 years in prison.
These 45 years consist of three parts, if guilty by all charges. Five years are for the false statements made by Gillum. 20 years are sentenced for conspiracy to commit fraud, and another 20 years for wire fraud.
More specifically, Mr. Gillum, who’s 42 years old, is also accused of conspiracy and 19 frauds regarding the issue of working with the funds when running as a candidate. He did this along with his accompaniment, or friend, Ms. Lettman-Hicks, who is running as a Democrat for a Tallahassee State House seat.
Although Mr. Gillum received 32,000 votes for governor in 2018, making him Florida’s first Black governor, he linked to another man’s drug overdose. After this shocking news was aired, he started seeking treatment for alcoholism, and came out as bisexual in an interview.
This was not the only immature or irresponsible action of his.
Gillum consistently made false claims from 2016 to 2019. In 2017, when he ran for governor, he left the liberal advocacy group, People for the American Way, losing his $122,500 salary and $3,000 in monthly rent. He was instead paid $70,500 annually as a mayor.
Unbelievably, in 2018, when he was lent $250,000 for his campaign, $150,000 was funneled into his political action committee and P&P Communications. That’s 3/5 of the total, a large sum which was likely highlighted during his trial, further proving his questionable character.
When Governor Gillum exited the from doors of the federal courthouse, he was immediately questioned by the reporters and microphones that were waiting for him to come by.
“I, I, I, excuse me,” Gillum stuttered as he walked to his car. When asked for his perspectives and comments, he merely said,
“I don’t, thank you.”