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Not ‘even a scintilla of evidence’ Gilliam committed theft of $10,000 check

A Superior Court judge dismissed a theft complaint against Atlantic City’s mayor and his campaign manager, the mayor announced Tuesday. Frank Gilliam said it was a good day for the city now that the distraction over a $10,000 check meant for the Atlantic City Democratic Committee that was deposited into his campaign fund. This issue “almost outshined that the city of Atlantic City is a great city and a city that’s on the rebound,” he
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Committee to file civil suit against Gilliam after judge dismisses criminal charge

Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam is expected to announce Tuesday that his name has been cleared. But the Atlantic City Democratic Committee members that broke away from the leadership that backed him says it’s not over. The criminal complaint Committeeman John Devlin filed concerning a $10,000 check meant for the committee but deposited into Gillian’s fund has been dismissed, Devlin confirmed at a meeting at the Irish Pub on Monday night. At that same meeting,
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Atlantic City Democratic rift widens with criminal, ethical allegations

The Atlantic City Democratic Committee remains split with the rift seeming to widen. As the committee moves forward with criminal allegations against Mayor Frank Gilliam, the state PBA is alleging ethical violations by his former running mate, now a sitting councilman. It all started with a $10,000 check made out to the committee and deposited into the campaign account of eventual mayoral victor Gilliam. He  and his campaign have insisted the check was an oversight
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Sides face off as committee looks to criminally charge mayor

Battle lines have been drawn as a group readies to file criminal charges against Atlantic City’s mayor. Social media blasts and threats of defamation lawsuits are the aftermath of the decision to file charges against Frank Gilliam and his campaign manager. The Atlantic City Democratic Committee voted to go forward with the charges during a meeting Monday during which members replaced the group’s leaders. But this is just diversion, said Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy, who ran with Gilliam. The
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Atlantic City Dems group ousts leadership, calls for criminal charges against mayor

The Atlantic City Democratic Committee will be filing criminal charges against Mayor Frank Gilliam, after an ad hoc committee’s investigation into how Gilliam’s campaign account wound up with a $10,000 donation meant for the group. Gilliam had said the deposit was an oversight, and that the check — which was delivered to his headquarters — was mixed in with about seven other checks made out to his campaign. But the majority of the committee didn’t
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Atlantic City Democratic Committee wants investigation into $10,000 check

Just call it the $10,000 question. The Atlantic City Democratic Committee’s Executive Board held an emergent meeting at 5 p.m. Friday after a $10,000 check written to the committee was cashed by then-mayoral candidate Frank Gilliam. The check was written from the Atlantic County Democratic Committee on Oct. 12, 2017, but somehow wound up at Gilliam’s headquarters — and then in his fund-raising account. Gilliam told BreakingAC that the check was one of about eight
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Atlantic City welcomes new mayor and looks to end old arguments

Atlantic City welcomed its new mayor with a packed council chambers that spilled out into the hallway New Year’s Day. “It’s a new chapter in the books,” Frank Gilliam said before walking into the room to take the oath. “I look forward to getting our house in order for the people. This wasn’t just a victory for the Gilliam family but a victory for the citizenry of Atlantic City.” Also sworn in were running mates
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Lesson in voting for local college students

Voting this year was a lesson for some local college students. The Board of Elections had to reject more than 30 provisional ballots from students who don’t live in Atlantic County, Chair Lynn Caterson said. “They could have voted in their home county or by mail-in, but instead went to the polls in Atlantic County, and their vote doesn’t count,” Caterson said. “That’s sad.” Stockton University has worked to help students know how to vote
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Gilliam declares victory in Atlantic City mayoral race

Atlantic City has a new mayor. Before all the wards were in, and with a 1,000-deficit in mail-in votes, Mayor Don Guardian conceded defeat Tuesday. Frank Gilliam, who risked losing his council seat to run for mayor, celebrated victory and talked of a new day in Atlantic City. In an election that included private investigators, wiretaps and a brief court appearance, Gilliam said his team allowed voter-fraud allegations to “roll off our back because we
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Atlantic City election fight goes to court

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian took his messenger ballot fight to court. But his team didn’t get the answer it wanted. In a complaint filed Monday, attorney John Carbone asked for a temporary injunction against the Board of Elections and that the board be compelled to allow the challengers to review all vote by mail ballots. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez denied the request, saying there is nothing in the law that requires a “wholesale” review
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