US Congressman George Santos Faces Up To 20 Years For Fraud And Money Laundering
- Congressman George Santos has been charged with multiple counts of fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and false statements to the House of Representatives.
- The charges against Santos include fraudulent political contribution solicitation, unemployment insurance fraud, and misleading the House of Representatives about his financial condition.
Congressman George Santos was charged with wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and false statements to the House of Representatives. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the top counts if convicted.
An indictment was unsealed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, charging George Anthony Devolder Santos with various charges, including wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
Santos, a United States Congressman representing the Third District of New York, is alleged to have engaged in multiple fraudulent schemes, including a fraudulent political contribution solicitation scheme, an unemployment insurance fraud scheme, and false statements to the House of Representatives.
According to the indictment, during his successful campaign for Congress, Santos defrauded prospective political supporters by falsely telling donors that their money would be used to help elect him to the House, including by purchasing television advertisements. Two donors each transferred $25,000 to a limited liability company controlled by Santos in reliance on these false statements. Shortly after receiving the funds, the money was transferred into Santos’s bank accounts and used for personal expenses, including purchasing designer clothing.
The indictment also alleges that Santos fraudulently applied for government assistance, falsely claiming to have been unemployed during the pandemic. From mid-June 2020 until April 2021, Santos falsely affirmed each week that he was eligible for unemployment benefits when he was not, resulting in him fraudulently receiving more than $24,000 in unemployment insurance benefits.
Additionally, Santos is alleged to have misled the House of Representatives and the public about his financial condition in connection with each of his two Congressional campaigns. In each of his Financial Disclosure Statements, Santos allegedly overstated his income and assets, failing to disclose income from his employer and claiming to have checking and savings accounts with deposits of between $100,001 and $5,000,000.
It should be noted that the charges in the indictment are merely allegations, and Santos is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Santos faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the top counts if convicted.
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