Member Of Congress ARRRESTED On Wirefraud, Money Laundering Charges

Member Of Congress ARRRESTED On Wirefraud, Money Laundering Charges

( – Rep. George Santos (R-NY) was taken into custody on suspicion of money laundering, wire fraud, stealing from the government, and lying to Congress. He is scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in New York on Wednesday afternoon.

According to an unsealed indictment released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, Santos, a freshman congressman representing a portion of Long Island, is accused of 13 offenses overall.

They consist of two counts of making materially false statements to the U.S. House and three counts of money laundering, seven counts of wire fraud, one count of stealing public funds, and three counts of money laundering.

Since joining Congress, Santos has been under increasing attention for falsifying a significant section of his record, which he falsely claimed while running for office.

Santos has made numerous false statements, including that he attended Baruch College, worked for CitiGroup and Goldman Sachs, and his mother perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The congressman acknowledged “embellishing” his life story in an interview with Fox News host Tulsi Gabbard in December, weeks after being questioned about several of his assertions.

At the time, Santos admitted, “I made a mistake, and I think humans are fallible, and we all make mistakes.”

“I’m forced to admit this on national television for the entire country to see, and I have the courage to do so because I believe that in order to move past this and move forward and be an effective member of Congress, I have to face my mistakes, and I’m facing them,” he continued.

The allegations against Santos are connected to events that allegedly took place between 2020 and 2022. He faced up to 20 years in jail, possibly for the most severe offenses.

Breon Peace, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, stated that the indictment “seeks to hold Santos accountable for various alleged fraudulent schemes and brazen misrepresentations.”

The indictment claims to accuse Santos of using dishonesty and fraud to gain access to the halls of Congress and profit himself.

The media has pounded House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) with inquiries on whether he thinks Santos should retire ever since ethical questions about him first came to light in December.

McCarthy had first relieved Santos of his committee responsibilities. Still, after Santos’s charge was first made public on Tuesday, the speaker told reporters he would let the legal proceedings play out and would probably only ask Santos to quit if he were found guilty.

It’s fair to note Santos’ arrest was announced as the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) released a bank records memorandum detailing new information obtained in the committee’s investigation into the Biden family’s influence peddling and business schemes.

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