A federal judge in Florida disagreed with Andrew Gillum's claims that he was the target of selective prosecution because he was a Black candidate for governor and declined to toss out the criminal charges against him.
Earlier last year, federal allegations against Gillum and a coworker included conspiracy, wire fraud, and making false statements to FBI agents, as The Washington Examiner reported.
According to the prosecution, Gillum used third parties to reroute donations back to himself for personal benefit.
Gillum met with undercover FBI agents acting as developers while he was the mayor of Tallahassee and throughout his campaign for governor, according to the prosecution.
According to the indictment, his colleagues requested payments from the agents and recommended strategies for giving money without designating them as political contributions, such as paying for a fundraiser dinner.
Gillum has entered a not guilty plea and disputed the accusations, claiming they were made for political reasons.
U.S. District Judge Allen Winsor this week denied four motions by the defendants opposing the continuance of the prosecution, claiming that their arguments were "meritless."
Because the charges were delayed in being filed and because he was being pursued due to his race and politics, Gillum had requested that they be dropped.
The judge, who was chosen by the late President Donald Trump, stated that Gillum had not provided any evidence to back up the assertion that he had been singled out for prosecution due to his race or politics.
Black candidate for governor in 2018, Gillum narrowly lost the election to Ron DeSantis of the Republican Party. Even after losing, CNN hired Gillum as an analyst because he was still regarded as a rising star in the Democratic Party.
Then, in March 2020, Gillum was discovered unconscious and intoxicated in a hotel room with two other guys, one of whom is an escort. He checked into a rehab facility two days later, and he later revealed his bisexuality in an interview with a television network.
The U.S. attorney's office revealed that Gillum is facing 21 federal charges in connection with a conspiracy to solicit funds and send a portion of it back to him through intermediaries.
Defendants Gillum, 42, and Janet Lettman-Hicks, 53, are charged with 19 counts of wire fraud. Additionally, Gillum is accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The two "conspired to commit wire fraud," according to the U.S. attorney's office, by illegally soliciting and acquiring money from various organizations and individuals under the pretense that it would be used for good.
The office claimed in a press statement that Lettman-Hicks then sent Gillum money in fraud by using her business and disguising it as payroll payments. It's the most recent setback for Gillum, who just missed defeating Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in a contest that necessitated a recount. Gillum was Tallahassee's mayor before he ran for governor.