George Santos Hit with 10 More Federal Charges – Here’s What We Know
It’s been five months since embattled U.S. Representative George Santos (R-NY) pleaded not guilty to a 13-count indictment inside a New York courthouse. Now, that number has gone up.
On Tuesday (October 10), Santos was indicted on 10 new federal charges in a superseding indictment. The new charges include conspiracy, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud.
These new charges come five days after his former campaign treasurer Nancy Marks pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge and implicated Santos in the crimes he currently faces, including submitting false financial reports to the Federal Election Commission.
Also included in the 10 new charges are allegations that Santos made unauthorized charges to his campaign on the personal credit cards of donors. According to CBS News, at least one of those charges (for $15,800) exceeded the donation amount allowed by federal campaign laws.
“Santos allegedly led multiple additional fraudulent criminal schemes, lying to the American public in the process,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge James Smith said in a statement. “Anyone who attempts to violate the law as part of a political campaign will face punishment in the criminal justice system.”
Santos denied the new allegations on Tuesday and told CBS News that he would fight them “until the bitter end.”
In May, Santos was charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
George Santos is scheduled to return to federal court on October 27. He will likely be arraigned that same day on the new indictments against him.