At­lantic City mayor re­signs af­ter plead­ing guilty

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CAM­DEN, N.J. — At­lantic City's mayor re­signed hours af­ter plead­ing guilty to wire fraud, ad­mit­ting he de­frauded a youth bas­ket­ball club he had founded out of $87,000.

Frank Gil­liam Jr. ap­peared Thurs­day in fed­eral court in Cam­den, where it emerged that half that amount of money he took from the At­lantic City Starz was re­cov­ered from his home when FBI agents raided it in De­cem­ber.

Gil­liam, 49, was re­leased af­ter post­ing a $100,000 bond with the court.

Gil­liam told the judge he stole funds raised from donors in At­lantic City and Philadel­phia, us­ing the money for per­sonal ex­penses from 2013 and 2018. He was elected mayor in 2017 af­ter serv­ing as a City Coun­cil­man.

Gil­liam could face 20 years in prison when he is sen­tenced Jan. 7. He also agreed to make resti­tu­tion for the fraud.

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