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FBI Raids Home of Atlantic City Mayor

Posted December 3, 2018 1:09 p.m. EST

Federal officials raided the home of Mayor Frank Gilliam of Atlantic City, New Jersey, early Monday, removing computer equipment and boxes in an operation that represents the latest setback for this struggling seaside city.

“The FBI was at the mayor’s home in Atlantic City in an official capacity executing a search warrant,” said Doreen Holder, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s office in Newark.

Holder declined to offer any other details about the investigation.

Video posted on social media showed about a dozen agents going in and out of the home on Ohio Avenue. It was not clear if Gilliam was home.

The mayor’s office declined to comment about what prompted the raid.

“We can tell you that the mayor’s office is open, and we are here to provide services to Atlantic City residents and to serve the administration in any way that we can,” said Christina Bevilacqua, deputy chief of staff in the mayor’s office.

When asked if the mayor was at City Hall on Monday morning, Bevilacqua said, “Not that I am aware of.”

The FBI operation is the latest chapter in what has been a tumultuous couple of months for Gilliam, a Democrat. He was involved in a late-night brawl outside the Golden Nugget casino in Atlantic City last month; surveillance video obtained from the casino showed the mayor swinging wildly at an unknown man. Casino security intervened to break up the fight.

The cause of the melee has never been made clear. Prosecutors said they would not pursue criminal charges against Gilliam.

Gilliam also has faced complaints about his campaign finances. The mayor and the Atlantic City Democratic Committee quarreled over a $10,000 check that had been made out to the committee but that Gilliam deposited into his campaign account.

The committee filed a criminal complaint in March, but a judge later dismissed the case.

Gilliam was elected in 2017, defeating incumbent Mayor Don Guardian, a Republican who clashed frequently with former Gov. Chris Christie’s administration over the state’s decision to take over Atlantic City’s finances. The city was on the brink of bankruptcy as its casino industry struggled.