Judge Dismisses Complaint Against AC Mayor Stemming From 2017 Campaign

David Madden
April 03, 2018 - 1:25 pm
Mayor Frank Gilliam

David Madden/KYW Newsradio


ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- A municipal judge in Atlantic City has thrown out a private criminal complaint against Mayor Frank Gilliam stemming from a $10,000 political contribution made during his recent campaign.

The complaint contended Gilliam took a check written out to the Democratic City Committee and put it in his own campaign account. Gilliam says it was an oversight and the funds were re-directed to the correct account.

Judge Bernard DeLury found there wasn't "even a scintilla of evidence" that an actual crime had been committed.

The mayor expressed relief, and explained why he had kept quiet while the case played out.

"You have to stand still when the world is trembling around you," Gilliam told KYW Newsradio, "because at the end of the day, leadership has to move in the direction of being conscious of not just one's self but conscious of the people that I represent."

As for the motivation behind the complaint itself, Gilliam added "I believe that this is what I consider Republicats. I think that this is not my party because if you were the party, we would be able to basically disagree and do things behind closed doors like civil people do."

He also voiced hope that people would now center their attention on the positive things happening in Atlantic City.

Those who filed the criminal action are reportedly considering taking things to civil court.