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The Wall Street Journal: Florida Democrat who lost 2018 governor’s race to DeSantis hit with federal indictment

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Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., and Democratic nominee for Florida governor in 2018, was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including wire fraud and arrested Wednesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to court documents.

The 21-count indictment against Gillum, 42 years old, and a political consultant, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, 53, also alleges that they made false statements to the FBI.

The two illegally solicited and obtained funds from various people and entities “through false and fraudulent promises and representations that the funds would be used for a legitimate purpose,” according to a news release by the Justice Department.

Gillum said in a statement provided by his attorneys, “Every campaign I’ve run has been done with integrity. Make no mistake that this case is not legal, it is political.”

Key Words (August 2018): Ron DeSantis slammed for telling voters not to ‘monkey it up’ and vote for his black gubernatorial opponent in Florida

Gillum also said, “There’s been a target on my back ever since I was the mayor of Tallahassee.” Lettman-Hicks didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

From the archives (October 2018): Gillum got ‘Hamilton’ tickets from undercover FBI agent, text messages say

Trump Today (October 2018): President Donald Trump warns migrants in caravan and calls Florida’s Andrew Gillum a ‘thief’

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