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Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Grewal moves to oust Gilliam

Atlantic City mayor pleaded guilty to wire fraud charge Thursday

By Nikita Biryukov, October 03 2019 5:25 pm

The state attorney general is seeking to remove Atlantic City’s mayor after he pleaded guilty to wire fraud Thursday.

Frank Gilliam pleaded guilty to stealing $87,000 from a non-profit youth basketball league he ran on Monday.

He faces up to 20 years in prison, though he will likely serve much less as part of his plea agreement. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000.

Numerous officials, including Gov. Phil Murphy and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin have called on Gilliam to resign.

“The residents of Atlantic City deserve immediate action to remove Mayor Gilliam, who demonstrated by his criminal conduct that he is not fit for office,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. “We have filed papers in state court seeking his swift removal. I commend the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI for securing this guilty plea. Together we must foster a culture of integrity in New Jersey government to safeguard the public interest.”

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