By Ann Brown
There was a cloud of suspicion over Andrew Gillum’s bid to become first Black governor of Florida.
His opponents, Republican Ron DeSantis and the GOP alluded to him being guilty of corruption. It is true that there was an FBI investigation, but Gillum was never the main focus and now federal authorities have unveiled a 44-count, 66-page indictment of another Tallahassee politician and a city official that involved six companies, five other players and a bank in a wide-ranging bribery, extortion, fraud, and racketeering scheme, Politico reported.
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Prosecutors charged Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with fraud, bribery, extortion, and racketeering. An associate, political consultant Janice Paige Carter-Smith, is alleged to have led a lucrative conspiracy to extort and bribe businesses. Both defendants pleaded not guilty.