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Michael Williams, former candidate for governor, indicted on insurance fraud, false report of crime
Michael Williams
Michael Williams

Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams was charged with insurance fraud and false report of a crime by a Hall County grand jury Tuesday.

Williams, who also served as a state senator from Forsyth County, faced three charges after an investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh confirmed Williams was indicted, saying he had received the case a few weeks ago.

Williams did not immediately return a request for comment.

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 a claim to The Hartford.

Campaign spokesman Seth Weathers previously told the media that roughly $300,000 worth of cryptocurrency mining servers were stolen from Williams’ office in Gainesville either late Tuesday night, May 8, or early Wednesday, May 9.

Williams owns LPW Investments, a business with a server farm, at 2365 Monroe Drive in Gainesville, Weathers said. Weathers previously said the campaign has been using additional space in the building, although the servers were not kept in the campaign’s side of the building.

Williams was first elected as District 27 state Senator in 2014 and, due to state rules preventing candidates from running for two races, chose to run for governor instead of re-election in 2018. 

This story will be updated.