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Georgia Republican who campaigned for governor in ‘deportation bus’ reports to jail

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Georgia Republican who campaigned for governor in ‘deportation bus’ reports to jail

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A Georgia governor candidate wants to fill his ‘deportation bus’ with ‘murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters and other criminals.’
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Georgia state senator Michael Williams reported to jail Wednesday after being indicted on charges that include insurance fraud, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported

The Forsyth County Republican drew national attention this year when his campaign to become the Peach State’s next governor included a campaign tour on a “deportation bus.” Williams – who called himself the “most outspoken anti-illegal candidate in Georgia’s history” in a campaign ad – traveled the state in the gray bus, which featured messages reading, “Follow me to Mexico” and “Danger: Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters and other criminals on board.” 

The controversial campaign gained attention but not votes. Williams finished fifth out of five candidates, winning just 4.9 percent of voters in the Republican primary. 

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Williams is accused of lying to investigators and filing a false insurance claim related to a break-in he reported in May at his campaign office. Williams’ campaign manager said $300,000 worth of computer equipment was taken in the burglary. He was released on a $10,000 bond Wednesday afternoon, The Gainesville Times reported. 

“Right now, our position is Mr. Williams did not do this,” his attorney A.J. Richman told the Times. Richman said he is waiting for prosecutors to disclose the evidence against his client. 

Williams’ former campaign manager Seth Weathers told the Journal-Constitution the allegations are a “political witch hunt.” 

The state senator will leave office on Jan. 14 to be replaced by incoming Republican Greg Dolezal. 

Contributing: Jessica Estepa 

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