Republican Congressman George Santos of New York is in even hotter water as he now faces a whopping 10 new charges in a superseding indictment. This brings the grand total of charges against him to 23, making it clear that this guy has a lot to answer for. And let’s not forget, these new charges are in addition to the 13 he was already hit with earlier this year. This is starting to look less like a legal case and more like a true crime drama.
The U.S. Department of Justice released a statement revealing the laundry list of charges against Santos. Brace yourselves, because it’s a doozy. He’s been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, which is no small potatoes. But wait, there’s more! He’s also facing two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), two counts of falsification of records submitted to the FEC, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of access device fraud. Phew, that’s a mouthful. It seems like Santos has quite the talent for getting himself into all kinds of trouble.
To make matters worse, Santos has already pleaded not guilty to the charges from earlier this year, including wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and lying to Congress. But now, with even more charges piled on top, things are looking pretty bleak for the Congressman. When questioned about the new charges, Santos conveniently claimed to have no knowledge of them because he didn’t have access to his phone. Smooth move, buddy.
🚨🚨🚨🚨Republicans still support this criminal🤦🏼♂️🚨🚨 Rep George Santos accused of new criminal schemes including stealing the identities & credit card details of donors to his campaign charged in a superseding indictment that added 10 new felony counts. https://t.co/87arJ9aUap
— @onlythefactssir 🇺🇸 🏴☠️ (@onlythefactssir) October 11, 2023
The superseding indictment reveals some pretty shady activities on Santos’ part. Prosecutors accuse him of filing fraudulent fundraising reports with the FEC to scam financial support for his campaign. Talk about playing dirty. Apparently, Santos and his treasurer, Nancy Marks, concocted a scheme to inflate the campaign’s fundraising figures in order to deceive everyone from the FEC to the GOP committee to the general public. And get this – they even fabricated FEC reports claiming that 10 of Santos’ family members made significant contributions to make it seem like the campaign was doing well. Looks like someone has been watching too many episodes of “House of Cards.”
But the corruption doesn’t stop there. Santos is also accused of repeatedly charging campaign contributors’ credit cards without their permission, taking advantage of their personal and financial information. That’s some seriously shady behavior, Congressman. And to top it all off, he allegedly funneled the illegally obtained funds into his personal bank account – to the tune of $12,000 on one occasion. Talk about audacity.
It’s no wonder that both Republicans and Democrats are calling for Santos’ resignation. Even his fellow House Republicans are getting fed up with his antics, especially since he has criminal charges hanging over his head. But regardless of the mounting pressure, Santos has made it clear that he plans to fight these indictments “until the bitter end.” Well, it looks like this scandal is far from over, folks. Buckle up, because this could be one wild ride.