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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - US Rep. George Santos (R-NY) leaves a candidate forum with House Republicans to hear from members running for US Speaker of House in the Longworth House Office Building on October 10, 2023 in Washington, DC. — AFP pic
NEW YORK, Oct 11 — A scandal-plagued Republican congressman whose extensive lies have made headlines since his election last year was hit with additional charges by federal prosecutors on Tuesday.
George Santos, 35, pleaded not guilty in May to seven counts of wire fraud, three of money laundering, one of theft of public funds and two of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
Prosecutors charged Santos with an additional 10 counts on Tuesday, including identity theft and making false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
“Santos is charged with stealing people’s identities and making charges on his own donors’ credit cards without their authorisation, lying to the FEC and, by extension, the public about the financial state of his campaign,” Breon Peace, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said.
“Santos falsely inflated the campaign’s reported receipts with non-existent loans and contributions that were either fabricated or stolen,” Peace said in a statement.
Santos is to appear in court on October 27 to answer the charges.
Santos has already admitted fabricating much of his biography, including his real name, his religion — he falsely claimed to be Jewish — his schooling and his employment history when he ran last year for a House seat representing parts of Long Island, New York.
According to the initial indictment, Santos defrauded donors during his successful November 2022 election, transferring money into his own account and using it to pay off personal debts and buy designer clothing.
Santos is also accused of collecting unemployment benefits that he was not entitled to during the coronavirus pandemic, before his election to Congress.
Prosecutors say he pocketed US$24,000 in benefits while earning US$120,000 a year at a Florida-based investment firm.
Santos has faced calls to resign from constituents, some fellow Republicans as well as Democrats in Congress, but has thus far refused. — AFP
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