Congressman George Santos has been charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and making false statements to Congress. The charges stem from allegations that Santos misused campaign funds, lied about his finances, and obtained unemployment benefits while he was already employed.
Here is a breakdown of the charges:
- Wire fraud: Santos is accused of using campaign funds to pay for personal expenses, such as designer clothes and credit card bills. He is also accused of using campaign funds to pay for travel expenses for himself and his family.
- Money laundering: Santos is accused of using shell companies to launder money from his campaign. He is also accused of using money from his campaign to pay for personal expenses.
- Theft of public funds: Santos is accused of obtaining unemployment benefits while he was already employed as a regional director for an investment firm. He is also accused of lying about his employment status on his unemployment benefits application.
- Making false statements to Congress: Santos is accused of lying to the House Ethics Committee about his finances and his use of campaign funds.
Santos has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His trial is scheduled to begin in September 2023.
If convicted, Santos could face up to 20 years in prison on each count of wire fraud and money laundering. He could also face up to 10 years in prison on each count of theft of public funds and making false statements to Congress.
George Santos brokered a $19M luxury yacht deal between two of his wealthy donors before his election.
And yup, you guessed it. The sale was not reported.https://t.co/6m06bpiqwf
— Gabe Sanchez (@iamgabesanchez) March 15, 2023
— citizenmike09 (@citizenmike09) March 10, 2023
— citizenmike09 (@citizenmike09) February 13, 2023
The House Republican caucus decided to seat GOP Congressman Anthony Devolder, aka George Devolder, aka George Santos, on congressional committees. @HouseGOP is all in for Anthony Devolder/George Santos.
And today we learn George Santos defrauded a disabled veteran. https://t.co/iBciRkD6oS
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 18, 2023
Enough is enough: My colleagues and I are introducing legislation to expel George Santos from the United States Congress.
If Kevin McCarthy refuses to hold George Santos accountable, then we will. pic.twitter.com/HT9xPJ0aBa
— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) February 9, 2023
Why are House Republicans continuing to coddle serial fraudster George Santos?
— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) January 31, 2023
Listening to this tape of George Santos firing an assistant on Monday—the guy saying he gets cheap Botox in South America, Santos saying he gets his here so “stop going to Colombia for your diluted Botox”—I wondered what Santos’ minions look like. 1/2 https://t.co/1ZXu3ukbe4
— Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) February 3, 2023
You don’t belong in Congress. The voters voted for the character you created, not you. pic.twitter.com/xHfo1C8eRE
— Khary Penebaker (@kharyp) February 8, 2023
CNN is reporting Mitt Romney told George Santos "you don't belong here" before tonight's State of the Union. Here is video of that interaction: pic.twitter.com/6cDxpV1NKt
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) February 8, 2023
— citizenmike09 (@citizenmike09) February 25, 2023