Media reports: FBI investigates US Congressman Santos

Status: 02/02/2023 8:57 a.m

Representative Santos has been in the US Parliament since November – and his resignation is already being called for. After he had “embellished” his CV, the FBI is now also investigating the misappropriation of donations.

After the Republican MP George Santos was already under pressure because of his fake CV, the FBI has now also intervened due to new allegations. According to consistent reports from several US media, investigators are investigating allegations that Santos embezzled money he had collected on the Internet for Marine veteran Richard Osthoff’s sick dog.

Disappeared with donations

It is about $ 3,000 (almost 2,800 euros) that Santos collected online in 2016 for the then homeless Osthoff to pay for a life-saving operation for his terminally ill dog. According to the allegations, Santos made off with the money instead of handing it over to Osthoff.

Osthoff told US media that he had given the FBI information related to the money. Among them were text messages that he exchanged with Santos.

“Beautified” CV

The pressure on Santos has been mounting ever since it was revealed that the 34-year-old made up numerous details on his CV. For example, he claimed to have been an “experienced investor on Wall Street.” The New York Times found out that Santos was never employed by the companies mentioned. The newspaper was also unable to verify his university degree.

Santos has also been accused of misleading the public about his family history and alleged Jewish background. In an interview, the Republican admitted that he had “whitewashed” his resume.

Santos has ruled out resignation so far

Santos was first elected to parliament in November’s congressional elections. On Monday, media reported that Santos wanted to give up his two committee positions in the House of Representatives. According to recent polls, 78 percent of voters in his New York constituency think Santos should resign. So far, he has ruled out resigning.

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