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Embattled Rep. George Santos hit with further expenses, together with identification theft

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Federal prosecutors hit Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., with 23 further expenses Tuesday, together with allegations of identification theft and that he charged a supporter’s bank card in extra of their contribution after which transferred the cash to his private checking account.

Prosecutors mentioned Santos faces “one depend of conspiracy to commit offenses in opposition to the US, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of creating materially false statements to the Federal Election Fee (FEC), two counts of falsifying data submitted to hinder the FEC, two counts of aggravated identification theft, and one depend of entry system fraud” in a superseding indictment filed Tuesday.

“As alleged, Santos is charged with stealing folks’s identities and making expenses on his personal donors’ bank cards with out their authorization, mendacity to the FEC and, by extension, the general public concerning the monetary state of his marketing campaign. Santos falsely inflated the marketing campaign’s reported receipts with non-existent loans and contributions that have been both fabricated or stolen” Breon Peace, United States Legal professional for the Jap District of New York, mentioned in a press release.

In a press launch, prosecutors mentioned the scheme included falsely claiming that family of Santos and his then-campaign treasurer Nancy Marks had donated massive bucks to his marketing campaign to make it seem that he was elevating extra money than he truly had with a purpose to qualify for help from the nationwide celebration.

“To create the general public look that his marketing campaign had met that monetary benchmark” for added funds from the Republican Get together “and was in any other case financially viable, Santos and Marks agreed to falsely report back to the FEC that no less than 10 relations of Santos and Marks had made vital monetary contributions to the marketing campaign when Santos and Marks each knew that these people had neither made the reported contributions nor given authorization for his or her private data to be included in such false public reviews.” 

He is additionally alleged to have been concerned in a bank card scheme the place the marketing campaign would cost contributors’ bank cards repeatedly and above FEC particular person contribution limits.

“For instance, in December 2021, one contributor (the ‘Contributor’) texted Santos and others to make a contribution to his marketing campaign, offering billing data for 2 bank cards,” prosecutors mentioned.

“Within the days after he obtained the billing data, Santos used the bank card data to make quite a few contributions to his marketing campaign and affiliated political committees in quantities exceeding relevant contribution limits, with out the Contributor’s data or authorization,” they mentioned.

On one other event, he allegedly “charged $12,000 to the Contributor’s bank card, finally transferring the overwhelming majority of that cash into his private checking account.”

Prosecutors additionally make clear a mysterious $500,000 mortgage Santos mentioned he gave to his marketing campaign, alleging it was faux mortgage and that Santos “had lower than $8,000 in his private and enterprise financial institution accounts” on the time.

Marks pleaded responsible final week to among the similar conduct involving false FEC filings that Santos was charged with Tuesday. 

Santos was charged earlier this 12 months with seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of cash laundering, one depend of theft of public funds, and two counts of creating materially false statements to the US Home of Representatives. He is pleaded not responsible.

 NBC Information has reached out to Santos’s workplace for remark.

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