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Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) was slapped with 10 new criminal charges on Tuesday related to allegations of falsifying his campaign finance reports. This adds to his earlier 13-count indictment from May, bringing the total to 23 counts.
The recent indictment arises from accusations of the “Party Program,” a fraudulent scheme intended to inflate campaign contributions and qualify for a financial support program.
Prosecutors allege that after Santos failed to meet the “national party committee” program criteria in October 2021, he conspired with his former campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, to fabricate contributions. The duo reportedly claimed ten family members made significant donations, a requirement to qualify for the program. Furthermore, Santos purportedly misrepresented that he loaned his campaign $500,000 despite having only $8,000 across his accounts. Another charge involves Santos illicitly charging donors’ credit cards without permission.
The indictment states, “Through these unauthorized transactions, Devolder Santos transferred funds to the Committee, to the campaigns of other candidates for elected office, and to his personal bank account.” Breon Peace, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, highlighted that Santos deceived the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the public, stressing the commitment to holding those undermining the electoral process accountable.
Santos’s court appearance is set for Oct. 27. While Santos’s congressional office refrained from commenting on legal issues, two of his former associates have faced legal scrutiny since the original charges.