George Santos, the histrionic New York congressman, is under investigation once again. This time it doesn’t matter whether he is a drag queen or not, as the courts, not journalists, are leading this investigation.
According to a new indictment filed Tuesday, the congressman stole the identities of his campaign donors, using their credit cards to send tens of thousands of dollars to his war chest. The twenty-three-count indictment comes after one filed in May charging Santos with various offenses, including lying to Congress about his wealth and embezzling money from his campaign.
The new indictment claims the congressman charged over $44,000 to his campaign without the authorization of donors. In one particular case, Santos is said to have charged $12,000 to a contributor, transferring most of the money to his personal account.
Additionally, the congressman stands accused of falsely reporting to the Federal Elections Commission. Prosecutors say that he had stated that he loaned his campaign $500,000, when in reality he gave nothing to his campaign and had less than $8,000 in his personal account. This move, the indictment claims, was made in an attempt to convince Republican officials about the seriousness of his candidacy.
“As alleged, Santos is charged with stealing people’s identities and making charges on his own donors’ credit cards without their authorization, lying to the FEC and, by extension, the public about the financial state of his campaign,” US Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.
Following the indictment, as Santos left a two-hours-long Republican conference, when asked about the indictment, the congressman told a reporter, “I was in conference like everyone else, without my phone, so I have nothing to say.” So far, he has defended himself against what he labels a witch hunt, insisting that he will be running for re-election and ignoring calls to resign.
–Juan P. Villasmil
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