Scandal-hit Republican Congressman-elect George Santos is now under a criminal investigation for lying about his background.
Nassau County’s GOP District Attorney Anne Donnelly opened the probe into politician’s fabrications n made before his New York election victory in the November midterms.
Santos has admitted to ’embellishing’ his resume and lying about graduating from college and owning property.
He defended claims about his Jewish background though records show he is not Jewish.
Democrats are demanding he resign and members of his own party have called for an ethics probe into the wave of accusations before he begins his first term January 3.
Donnelly, who took office at the start of the year, told Newsday:
‘The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning. The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress. No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.’
Anne Donnelly, who took office at the start of the year, told Newsday: ‘The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning’
After a bombshell New York Times report, Santos, who will represent New York’s third district in Congress as a Republican come January, admitted to ’embellishing’ his resume and lying about graduating from college and owning property. He defended claims about his Jewish background though records show he is not Jewish.
‘Santos will be gone by the end of his term or well before then. He should RESIGN,’ Democratic New York Rep. Ritchie Torres said of the news.
Last week, New York attorney general Letitia James said she was investigating the matter of Santos’ finances.
In an interview with Semafor, Santos tried to explain where his money had come from, after the Times found he had not worked as a ‘seasoned Wall Street financier and investor’ for Citibank and Goldman Sachs like he claimed.
New York GOP Rep.-elect George Santos has admitted to lying on his resume
The New York Republican seems to have gotten money from somewhere – filings from his 2022 campaign show he made between $3.5 million and $11.5 million from a company he founded – Devolder – and loaned his campaign $700,000.
Those earnings were a sharp turn-around from filings from a failed 2020 run for office, when disclosures showed he earned $55,000 as a vice president at business development firm LinkBridge investors.
George Santos’ claims that are now believed to be lies or misrepresentations
Having Jewish grandparents who fled Nazi persecution
Graduating from Baruch College
Running an animal charity
Losing employees in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting
Working at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs
Owning rental property
His ‘family firm,’ Devolder, managing $80 million in assets and paying him $750,000 salary
Rather than working on Wall Street, Santos, who seemed to have financial troubles for much of his life, worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012 in a breadline job based in the College Point section of Queens, living with roommates as he struggled to pay his bills.
Explaining the discrepancy, Santos simply said he ‘never worked directly’ for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and that he used a ‘poor choice of words.’ But in an attempt to justify his lie, he said the company he worked for, LinkBridge, did business with both Goldman and Citi.
Santos said he made ‘capital introductions’ between clients and investors at both firms.
After LinkBridge, Santos told Semafor he took a job with Harbor City Capital – a Florida firm the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused of running a $17 million Ponzi scheme in April 2021. Santos was not charged for his involvement with the company and left in March of that year.
He incorporated Devolder in May 2021 and said that the company’s capital introduction business included ‘deal building’ and ‘specialty consulting’ for ‘high net worth individuals.’
For example, Santos said, a client might come to him if they want to sell a boat or a private jet.
‘I’m not going to go list it and broker it,’ he said. ‘What I will do is I will go look out there within my Rolodex and be like: ‘Hey, are you looking for a plane?’ ‘Are you looking for a boat?’ I just put that feeler out there.’
He said he had a network of around 15,000 that included wealthy investors, family offices, ‘institutions’ and endowments.
Santos claimed that within six months of starting Devolder he landed ‘a couple multi-million dollar contracts.’
‘If you’re looking at a $20 million yacht, my referral fee there can be anywhere between $200,000 and $400,000,’ he said.
He declined to specify what the multi-million dollar contracts entailed or provide names of clients. DailyMail.com has inquired for more information.
Devolder was dissolved in September 2022 after failing to file an annual report but brought back last week as a Florida-based company after the bombshell New York Times report.
Given the timing of Devolder’s disappearance just before the November election, Rep.-elect Dan Goldman, D-N.Y., has questioned whether the company was created as a front to funnel illegal campaign donations.
Santos told Semafor the company had only shut down at that time because his accountant had filed paperwork late.
Goldman, a former prosecutor, called on Santos to volunteer documents about his business dealings and finances to avoid formal investigations.
‘If he wants to avoid an investigation and he wants to truly come clean, as he claimed he was trying to do yesterday and that other Republican members elected called for him to do, then he should be an open book and reveal all of this related to the Devolder Organization,’ Goldman told Semafor.
Santos said he would produce the necessary documentation only for proper authorities.
‘I don’t dance to the tune of Congressman-elect Dan Goldman,’ Santos told Semafor. ‘I don’t dance to the tune of these guys. If it was requested of me to produce any documentation from this organization, I have no problem doing so to people with the proper authority, not to authoritarian members of congress that think they have authority over their peers.’
Santos said on Fox News Tuesday he was ready to move beyond the scandal and focus on delivering on his campaign promises.
‘I’m not a fraud. I’m not a fake. I didn’t materialize from thin air. I worked damn hard to get where I got my entire life. Life wasn’t easy. It didn’t start off easy as I’ve said it many, many times I come from abject poverty. I made some mistakes. And I own up to that. And now I want to put this behind me so I can deliver for the American people,’ he said.
On Tuesday Rep.-elect Nick LaLota, R-N.Y., demanded an Ethics investigation into Santos’ background and potential law enforcement involvement.
‘I believe a full investigation by the House Ethics Committee and, if necessary, law enforcement, is required. New Yorkers deserve the truth and House Republicans deserve an opportunity to govern without this distraction.’
LaLota is one of the first New York Republicans to publicly ask for an investigation into Santos. Members of House leadership have so far kept quiet on the allegations.
As many are left wondering whether Santos will be given committee assignments in the next Congress, Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was booted from her committees by Democrats for incendiary remarks against Jews and the left, jumped to his defense.
‘I think we Republicans should give George Santos a chance and see how he legislates and votes, not treat him the same as the left is,’ she tweeted Tuesday, after praising him earlier in the day for ‘being honest with his district now.’