GOP 'deportation bus' candidate in Georgia pleads guilty

Michael Williams campaigned for governor and loyalty to President Donald Trump and publicity stunts.
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams participates in a debate, in Atlanta on May 20, 2018.
Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams participates in a debate, in Atlanta on May 20, 2018.John Amis / AP file

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By Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who campaigned in a "deportation bus" has pleaded guilty to falsely reporting that computer servers were stolen from his office.

Michael Williams, a Republican ex-state senator, was indicted in December in Hall County, northeast of Atlanta, on charges of insurance fraud and lying to investigators.

Protesters surround the bus used for state Sen. Michael Williams' Georgia gubernatorial election campaign in Clarkston, Georgia, on May 16, 2018.Benjamin Nadler / AP file

District Attorney Lee Darragh told news outlets Williams pleaded guilty under Georgia's First Offender Act. He was sentenced last week to serve four years of probation, 120 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

The charges stem from an investigation after Williams reported a burglary in May 2018.

Williams finished last in the five-man Republican primary. He campaigned on loyalty to President Donald Trump and publicity stunts, including the "deportation bus," symbolically targeting people in the country illegally.