'Deportation Bus' Candidate Pleads Not Guilty in Fraud Case

Ex-state Sen. Michael Williams accused of lying to investigators
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2019 6:53 PM CST
'Deportation Bus' Candidate Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud
Michael Williams' "Deportation Bus."   (AP Photo/Benjamin Nadler, File)

A Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges, the AP reports. Ex-state Sen. Michael Williams was indicted last month in Hall County northeast of Atlanta on charges of insurance fraud and lying to investigators. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Williams requested a jury trial ahead of an arraignment hearing Wednesday. Attorney A.J. Richman said Williams "looks forward to his day in court." The charges stem from a May incident when Williams reported his campaign office was burglarized. Williams' campaign manager said then that $300,000 worth of computers used to mine cryptocurrency was taken. Williams finished last in the five-man Republican gubernatorial primary. He campaigned on loyalty to President Donald Trump and publicity stunts, including the "deportation bus," symbolically targeting people in the country illegally. (More Georgia stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.