TALLAHASSEE — State Attorney Jack Campbell has launched an investigation into the alleged actions of the Tallahassee Mayor after receiving a complaint letter from a retired Jefferson County law enforcement officer and investigator.
Read letter here.
In his letter, dated March 2, Paul Henry, who said he is also a member of the Jefferson County Grand Jury, requested a Leon County Grand Jury investigate Mayor Andrew Gillum for allegedly purchasing “several thousands of dollars of political software via public funds” and possibly committing grand theft under Florida Statute (FS) 812.014 and official misconduct under FS 838.022
He said, “Andrew Gillum, in his capacity as Mayor of the City of Tallahassee, a public servant, did violate FS 812.014 (2)(c) “Grand Theft” and FS 838.022 “Official Misconduct” by using at least $3,915 of public funds to obtain personal benefit, to-wit political campaign software and falsified the justification for said software.”
“In doing so,” he continued, “Gillum deprived taxpayers of their right to this property (money) for no lawful purpose, and appropriated it for his own use.”
Henry also wrote “Gillum had evidenced guilty knowledge in the matter by acknowledging the misuse of the money and offering to repay it.”
He also conducted an online public records search of purchases to the NGP Van software and included his findings in his letter.
This letter was forwarded by Campbell to Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil, who’s office will conduct the investigation.
On February 23, Tallahassee Reports broke the story that Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum had allegedly spent approximately $5,000 in city funds to purchase software from democrat campaign vendor, NGP VAN. That software was allegedly used in campaign email for Gillum in which he mixed “Office of the Mayor” letterhead with his campaign correspondence.