In one case, Santos allegedly repeatedly charged a donor’s credit card with at least $44,800 in charges.
He then transferred the vast majority of one of those charges — an amount of nearly $12,000 — to his own bank account, according to the indictment.
A lawyer for Santos declined to comment on Tuesday. Santos, who is running for reelection, has said he doesn’t plan to resign from the House and intends to continue his campaign. “I’m going to fight the witch hunt,” he told reporters following his arraignment. “I’m going to take care of clearing my name.”
He still holds his Congressional benefits even if he's in jail right?
Awesome. Mark this as another santos lies.He's a freshman congressman so he doesn't have any sort of long-term benefits (I think you have to be elected to three House terms before you get the pension). His term expires on January 3, 2025 and he certainly won't be re-elected.
He will face enormous pressure to resign, particularly as the press to sign a plea bargain increases. But as far as I know, there is nothing that automatically expels him from Congress for being charged or convicted or even incarcerated. So I guess he would still get his pay and his health insurance. I think USSS can stand-down in favor of BOP with respect to a first-term congressman.
Yeah, I embarrassingly learned this from that “history of federal prosecutions against a sitting speaker of the house” joke post.But as far as I know, there is nothing that automatically expels him from Congress for being charged or convicted or even incarcerated.
(CNN) — A 23-count superseding indictment has been filed against Republican Rep. George Santos of New York.
The indictment out of the Eastern District of New York includes one count of conspiracy to commit fraud against the United States, two counts of aggravated identify theft and several other charges……
Rep. George Santos faces 10 new federal charges, including allegations of stealing donors' identities, running up fraudulent credit card charges | CNN PoliticsFederal prosecutors on Tuesday accused Rep. George Santos of stealing donors’ identities and running up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges on their credit cards.www.cnn.com
witch hunt is the new republican term for I broke the law and they are after me.This is so stupid - this is about the easiest crime to prove. Credit card receipts showing charges from Santos. Bank records showing transfers from the receipts to Santos's personal account. Testimony from the card-holder that it wasn't authorized. Fraud. Larceny. Wire crimes. Etc.
I really hope this guy is a wakeup call to Dems, on a national level not just NY. The most infuriating part of this to me is this guy should have never gotten elected. If politics was a meritocracy. The head of the NY dems, and whoever was responsible for oppo research would have be on a perma blacklist.