George Santos Arrested on Federal Criminal Charges
George Santos, the New York congressman who rose to fame for a series of exaggerations, lies and irregularities involving his personal background and campaign finances, appears in court after being indicted on a series of federal charges.
Santos turned himself in to authorities on Wednesday and was detained in federal court, according to The New York Times.
He has been charged with seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney directed calls for him to leave, saying“He has shown with his falsehood that he should not be in the United States Congress, perhaps he should not even be in public.”
When contacted for comment on the news Tuesday, Santos said he was not aware of the charges.
“This is news to me,” he said. The Associated Press. “You’re the first to call me on this.”
Watch Live: Republican George Santos is expected to appear in federal court in New York
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 18:18
Mitt Romney calls for the immediate resignation of George Santos because his own party turns against him
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill the day Santos was arrested and charged in federal court on Long Island, Romney called on him to resign immediately.
“I think we are seeing that the wheels of justice may move slowly, but they turn well and he will have his day in court, but it certainly seems that things are not going well for Mr. Santos,” he said.
Romney previously told Santos that he did not have to be in the House of Representatives during a testy exchange before President Joe Biden delivered his annual State of the Union address to Congress in March.
In the confrontation between the Utah senator and the freshman representative from New York that was caught on television cameras, Romney called Santos “an embarrassment” and told him: “You don’t belong here.”
Andres Feinberg10 May 2023 19:00
McCarthy ‘concerned’ by Santos charges
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 18:40
Santos’ lawyer and assistant avoid questions as they enter the court
Gustaf KilanderMay 10, 2023 18:36
Fraud scheme: five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering
According to the unsealed indictment, between September and October 2022, Mr. Santos allegedly “knowingly and intentionally devised a plan and contrivance to defraud and obtain money by means of one or more materially false and fraudulent claims, presentations, and promises.” .
Federal prosecutors accused Santos of lying to donors and supporters by pitching a Florida LLC company, which Santos served as manager through another company, as a fund for his House campaign.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Santos told donors and supporters that Florida LLC was a Section 501(c)(4) welfare organization, or an independent spending committee when it was not.
Three of the wire fraud counts allege that Mr. Santos falsely told two anonymous donors that the funds would be used to support his House bid through the purchase of television advertisements.
However, Mr. Santos allegedly used the money received for personal expenses, “including to make cash withdrawals, personal purchases of luxury designer clothing, credit card payments, a car payment, personal debt payments, and a or more bank transfers to Devolder Santos. personal associates.”
The three money laundering charges allege that Mr. Santos electronically transferred $24,000 – $25,000 of the money that donors sent to the Florida company into their personal bank accounts.
Ariana Baio10 May 2023 18:20
Electronic fraud, money laundering and theft of public money: These are the 13 charges against George Santos
New York Representative George Santos was arrested and charged with 13 criminal charges, including money laundering, theft of public money, wire fraud and making false statements to Congress.
In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, federal prosecutors outlined three major fraud schemes that Santos orchestrated to enrich himself.
Another alleges that Mr. Santos attempted to receive unemployment benefits through New York State.
The latter alleges that Santos lied about his personal finances when he disclosed them to the House of Representatives during his campaign.
Ariana Baio10 May 2023 18:00
‘Are these the people you trust your future to?’: Lincoln Project joins criticism of Santos
The Lincoln Project joined the chorus criticizing Santos on Wednesday, tweeting: “A vote for the Republican Party is a vote for the party of George Santos, Marjorie Taylor Greene and the sexual abuser Donald J. Trump, twice impeached. Are these the people you entrust your future to? The future of your family?
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 17:40
California Democrat says he would vote to oust Santos
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 17:20
Hakeem Jeffries says the GOP cannot be trusted to rule. Not now. Never’
House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries of New York tweeted on Wednesday that “the party of George Santos and Marjorie Taylor Greene cannot be trusted to govern. Not now. Never”.
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 17:00
Voters ask McCarthy to remove Santos
The group Concerned Citizens of NY-03, which has been advocating for Santos’ removal for months, issued a statement saying that “It is time for Chairman Kevin McCarthy to withdraw his support for Santos and show him the door.”
“It is a shame that McCarthy has continued to sully the US House of Representatives by allowing Santos to walk those hallowed halls, for over four months! And for all that time, residents of New York’s Third Congressional District have not had meaningful representation,” the group added.
Gustaf Kilander10 May 2023 16:40