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Michael Williams, former candidate for governor, pleads not guilty to insurance fraud, false report charges
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Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams leaves Hall County Jail after turning himself in Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018 on charges of insurance fraud and false report of a crime. Bond was agreed upon at $10,000.

Former gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams has filed a not guilty plea and requested a jury trial as he faces charges of insurance fraud and false report of a crime.

His attorney A.J. Richman filed the plea with the Superior Court of Hall County on Jan. 8. Williams turned himself in at the Hall County Jail Dec. 26 and left the jail that afternoon.

In May 2018, Williams, a former state senator from Cumming, reported that about $300,000 worth of cryptocurrency servers were missing from his office on Monroe Drive in Gainesville. He had been using the servers for his business, LPW Investments, and running campaign operations out of a separate part of the building.

On Dec. 18, Williams was charged by a Hall County grand jury with three counts for insurance fraud, false report of a crime and making a false statement.

According to his indictment, he is accused of “claiming that computer servers were stolen from his place of business, when in fact they were not” when filing an insurance claim to The Hartford.