A failed Republican candidate for Florida governor was arrested Monday after returning from a three-week trip to Africa.
Yinka Abodeda Adeshina, a former pharmacist who paid the $7,800 qualifying fee to be placed on the GOP primary ballot, is accused of making false statements to state officials related to campaign fundraising.
The 43-year-old Adeshina received just 1.8 percent of the vote in the August primary won by Gov. Rick Scott.
She reported having raised $182,080 in February and March, which allowed her to qualify for state matching funds.
“Donors she listed in the report did not exist and FDLE believes she fabricated donors and addresses to show she had raised more than $150,000 (required for state funding),” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a news release.
Adeshina requested taxpayer funds in November and December, investigators said, but she never actually collected state funding for her campaign.
Investigators said Adeshina listed a Tallahassee cemetery as the address for several alleged contributors, and she identified another donor as Goodluck Jonathan – who is the president of Nigeria.
Adeshina was arrested by officers wearing gloves and masks due to concerns about the Ebola virus in West Africa.
She had been medically screened in Atlanta and showed no signs or symptoms of illness after arriving from a vacation in Nigeria, but officers wore protective gear “out of an abundance of caution.”
Adeshina was charged with two counts of fraud and taken to the Leon County Jail, where she was held on $10,000 bond.