Dem Mayor from Atlantic City Pleads Guilty to Stealing $87k from Youth Basketball Program

Atlantic City Democrat Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. has resigned after pleading guilty to federal wire fraud and stealing over $87k from a Youth Basketball League.

CNN reported on the story and Twitter users noticed they failed to mention Gilliam Jr. is a Democrat.



Screenshot of CNN story – Oct 5, 2019 6:51pm

Gilliam faces up to 20 years in prison.

PaxView Jeff wrote:

I think we all know that if his party affiliation had been R (instead of D) it would have been prominently mentioned in your headline.

But instead you never mention his party. #FactsFirst right ?

Unless inconvenient to your agenda.

Magalopes wrote:

You forgot to mention he’s a democrat. But, no matter the party all crooks must go!

Politico reports that facing pressure from the governor and a legal challenge by the state attorney general, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. resigned his position on Thursday, stepping down just hours after pleading guilty to one count of federal wire fraud.

In a letter to City Clerk Paula Geletei, Gilliam said it was with “a heavy heart that I tender my resignation as the Mayor of the City of Atlantic City.”

“I would like to apologize to the residents of the great City of Atlantic City who deserve stability and respect,” Gilliam, a Democrat, wrote. “My sincere apologies to each constituent that voted for me and had high hopes in my tenure.”

City Council President Marty Small is expected to be sworn in as acting mayor at noon Friday. A process involving other City Council members and the local Democratic organization will lead to the selection of a long-term replacement.

Gilliam, 49, who took office last year, admitted in federal court Thursday morning that he stole more than $87,000 from a nonprofit youth basketball league.

The mayor entered his guilty plea in U.S. District Court in Camden, confessing to an information statement in which prosecutors accused him of siphoning donations intended to support the AC Starz basketball league or provide school supplies to underprivileged children.

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