US Consultant George Santos (R-NY) pleaded not guilty Friday to 23 federal crimes contained in a superseding indictment. Santos was accused of 9 counts of wire fraud, 4 counts of constructing false statements, three counts of illegal cash transfers amounting to over $10,000, two counts of falsifying information or paperwork, two counts of aggravated id theft, entry gadget fraud, theft of public cash and conspiracy to commit offense towards the US. In a statement on X (previously Twitter), Santos stated, “I’ve not cleared out my workplace. I’m not resigning. I’m entitled to due course of and never a predetermined consequence as some are searching for.”
The US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Jap District of New York alleged Santos engaged in a number of “fraudulent schemes” associated to his 2022 US Home of Representatives marketing campaign. Within the indictment, the prosecution alleged, “The defendant devised and executed at the very least three fraudulent schemes to acquire cash… by making numerous materials misrepresentations and omissions.”
Prosecutors claimed Santos and his marketing campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, submitted falsified marketing campaign finance experiences to the Federal Election Fee (FEC). The submissions inflated fundraising totals to qualify for “monetary and logistical” assist from Nationwide Committee #1—also called the Republican Nationwide Committee (RNC). As a part of the scheme, it’s alleged that Santos and Marks agreed to deceive the FEC about “vital monetary contributions” made by Santos’ household to the RNC. Such giant contributions had been meant to draw RNC consideration and assist. Marks pleaded guilty to parts of marketing campaign finance fraud on October 5.
Moreover, prosecutors claimed Santos stole private and monetary info from a number of people. The indictment said that Santos, “repeatedly and with out authorization,” used the stolen info to make donations to his marketing campaign or direct funds to his private accounts. A number of of the fees to his marketing campaign exceeded the person contribution limits ruled by the Federal Election Campaign Act § 30116.
Lastly, Santos was accused of executing a scheme to defraud supporters by misrepresenting his marketing campaign finance construction as a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization. Beneath Inside Income Service rules, a 501(c)(4) group “should not be organized for revenue” and should not profit anybody particular person. Authorities prosecutors claimed Santos inspired supporters to donate with out limits after which used the funds for his private profit.
The superseding indictment launched on October 10 amended a May grand jury indictment that contained 13 costs. Santos additionally pleaded not responsible to the Could indictment. Jury choice is schedule to start September 2024.