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Michael Williams, former candidate for governor now accused of fraud, turns himself in to Hall County Jail
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Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams leaves Hall County Jail after turning himself in Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 on charges of insurance fraud and false report of a crime. Bond was agreed upon at $10,000. - photo by Austin Steele

Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams turned himself in to the Hall County Jail Wednesday afternoon on charges of insurance fraud and false report of a crime.

Williams, a state senator from Cumming, was charged by a Hall County grand jury Dec. 18 after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

A.J. Richman, Williams’ attorney, said Dec. 26 that Williams was maintaining his innocence and was waiting to see the state’s evidence.

“Right now, our position is Mr. Williams did not do this. We’re not really apprised of their evidence yet. They haven’t disclosed that. I’m sure they will soon, but at this point, we don’t know what it is they’re saying other than what the indictment says,” Richman said.


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A.J. Richman, state Sen. Michael Williams' attorney, takes questions in front of the Hall County Jail on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, when Williams turned himself in after being charged with insurance fraud. Richman said Williams maintains his innocence but is cooperating with authorities.

An arraignment date has not been set yet, Richman said. A $10,000 bond was agreed upon by Richman, Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh and Hall County Superior Court Judge Clint Bearden.

According to the indictment, Williams is accused of “claiming that computer servers were stolen from his place of business, when in fact they were not” when filing an insurance claim to The Hartford.

Williams exited the jail before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Asked if he had any comment to people who previously voted for him, Williams said, “I appreciate their support, and they are behind me.”

He did not comment regarding the allegations.

In May, Williams’ campaign spokesman Seth Weathers told The Times that about $300,000 worth of cryptocurrency servers were missing from Williams’ office on Monroe Drive in Gainesville. Williams had been using the servers for his business, LPW Investments, and running campaign operations out of a separate part of the building.

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Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams leaves Hall County Jail after turning himself in Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 on charges of insurance fraud and false report of a crime. - photo by Austin Steele
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