Publicly and privately, George Santos has said a lot of things that aren’t true or aren’t believable about his past, work history, criminal record, finances, and other things.
Within six weeks of his win in 2023, many news sites reported that he had lied about many things in his self-published memoir.
He has pleaded not guilty to 13 of the 23 fraud-related counts in two federal charges.
His first accusation came out in May and accused him of many crimes, including money laundering, theft, stealing public funds, and making fake claims. Although Santos admitted to lying as part of his campaign to win his congressional spot, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Who Is George Santos?
George Santos, whose full name is George Anthony Devolder Santos, is a well-known and recognized leader in the United States. He is currently the representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district. It is important to note that he is the first openly LGBT Republican elected to Congress.
Santos was born on July 22, 1988, to Fátima Aziza Caruso Horta Devolder and Gercino Antônio dos Santos Jr. He went to Intermediate School 125 in Woodside, Queens, and Primary School 122 in Astoria, Queens, for his official schooling.
George Santos Career
Santos left Brazil while he was being charged with check theft and went to New York City, where he worked as a customer service rep for Dish Network from October 2011 to July 2012.
Santos worked for HotelsPro, which is a part of MetGlobal, a company based in Istanbul, Turkey, that turned out to have a lot of bad reviews on the internet. This was reported by the New York Times sometime around 2013.
When Santos moved to Orlando, Florida, in early 2016, he changed his driver’s licence to show that he lived there and registered to vote.
HotelsPro was going to open an office in Orlando. He began working for the alternative finance firm Harbour City Capital in Florida sometime in January 2020, not long after he announced his first run for Congress in November 2019.
Santos set up a Harbour City Capital office during his first run for Congress. A month after that, he became the company’s regional director for New York. He talked about the $1.5 billion in assets he was in charge of for Harbour City in an interview from 2020.
The assets had an internal rate of return of 26% and a stable yield income return of 12%. Santos started the Devolder group after Harbour City paid him until at least April 2021. He has said that this group is what makes him rich.
George Santos Legal Issues
On January 10, 2023, Santos was officially charged with 23 counts of theft in two federal charges.
The new 23-count charge adds two more fraud schemes: the credit card plan and the plot to lie to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about campaign donations to make them look bigger than they really were. The goal of this dishonest act was to trick the Republican party into giving money.
Santos is accused of coming up with a plan to illegally get the names and bank account information of people who gave money to his campaign.
In this plan, he charged their credit cards and put the money from other campaigns and his own into his own personal bank account. Santos is set to appear in federal court on October 27, 2023. It is likely that new charges will be brought against him at this hearing.
George Santos Net Worth
It is thought that Santos’ net worth will be a little more than $11 million in 2023. This includes all of his property and money from politics.