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Atlantic City - FBI Agents Search Home Of Atlantic City's First-term Mayor

Published on: December 3, 2018 04:30 PM
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FBI and federal agents leave the home of Atlantic City N.J. Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. on Monday Dec. 3, 2018 after executing a search warrant at his Atlantic City home. The FBI would not say what it was looking for and Gilliam declined to comment. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)FBI and federal agents leave the home of Atlantic City N.J. Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. on Monday Dec. 3, 2018 after executing a search warrant at his Atlantic City home. The FBI would not say what it was looking for and Gilliam declined to comment. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Atlantic City - Federal agents searched the home of Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. on Monday, but authorities and the mayor himself were tight-lipped about what prompted the raid.

Agents in dark blue FBI windbreakers carried white cardboard boxes out of the house, which is about a mile from Atlantic City’s casinos. Earlier they removed a computer and a printer, stashing the items in dark sport utility vehicles.

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Outside the home, FBI agent Jessica Weisman said, “We are here in an official capacity, executing a search warrant. That’s all we can say.”

Gilliam emerged from the home shortly after 12:30, ignoring shouted questions from reporters. He then got into his personal sport utility vehicle and drove away.

A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office said it remained open Monday, though Gilliam was not there.

IRS agents also were on the scene, a spokesman for the service’s criminal investigations unit said Monday.

Atlantic City, N.J. Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. leaves his home in Atlantic City hours after FBI and other federal agents raided it, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The FBI would not say what it was looking for and Gilliam declined to comment. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)Atlantic City, N.J. Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr. leaves his home in Atlantic City hours after FBI and other federal agents raided it, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. The FBI would not say what it was looking for and Gilliam declined to comment. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Phone and text messages left with Gilliam seeking comment on the investigation were not returned. It was not immediately clear whether he had hired an attorney.

A man driving a car with the Atlantic City logo on its sides drove slowly past Gilliam’s home, extending his middle finger to reporters gathered outside.

Gilliam, a Democrat, is in his first year as mayor. The former two-term city councilman defeated Republican incumbent Don Guardian in November 2017 in a contentious election in which Guardian alleged voter fraud by Gilliam’s campaign.

In April, a judge threw out a criminal complaint against Gilliam over the alleged theft of a $10,000 check from the Atlantic City Democratic Committee. The committee had accused Gilliam and a former campaign manager of unlawful taking when Gilliam deposited the committee’s $10,000 check into his campaign account.

FBI agents search the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. The FBI's Newark division confirms agents are at Gilliam's house Monday executing a search warrant. It wasn't immediately known what prompted the search. (Kristian Gonyea//The Press of Atlantic City via AP)FBI agents search the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. The FBI's Newark division confirms agents are at Gilliam's house Monday executing a search warrant. It wasn't immediately known what prompted the search. (Kristian Gonyea//The Press of Atlantic City via AP)

Gilliam said it was a mistake and later returned the money.

Last month, Gilliam and several other people were involved in an early morning fight outside an Atlantic City casino that was caught on surveillance video.

Local prosecutors announced last week they wouldn’t file criminal charges, though citizen’s complaints filed against Gilliam and Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy were pending in municipal court.

FBI agents search the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. The FBI's Newark division confirms agents are at Gilliam's house Monday executing a search warrant. It wasn't immediately known what prompted the search. (Kristian Gonyea//The Press of Atlantic City via AP)FBI agents search the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam Jr., Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. The FBI's Newark division confirms agents are at Gilliam's house Monday executing a search warrant. It wasn't immediately known what prompted the search. (Kristian Gonyea//The Press of Atlantic City via AP)


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