Things George Santos Is Accused Of Lying About (That We Know Of So Far)

Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) acquired House committee assignments this week regardless of repeated requires his resignation from Democrats and some Republicans over the methods he, to place it mildly, misrepresented himself.

The freshman consultant acknowledged that he had “embellished” his resume however added that he did nothing “criminal.” While Republicans in his home county need him gone, the response on Capitol Hill has been much less decisive.

And thus Santos ― or the congressman often known as George Santos ― is now a part of the Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. He’d reportedly lobbied House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to put him on a monetary committee, however high Republicans didn’t need him there, in response to CNN.

As he faces federal, state and worldwide investigation, Santos has definitely had a tough begin to his two-year time period. But he has thus far flatly refused the concept of stepping down, at the same time as plainly every new day brings to mild one other wild allegation about his previous. He ran for Congress one different time, in 2020, so there are a number of years’ value of interviews, appearances and marketing campaign supplies during which Santos shared components of his (alleged) backstory.

It’s exhausting to maintain up ― which is why HuffPost created this record of issues Santos is accused of mendacity about.

Rep. George Santos (R-N.y.) Sits In The House Chamber As Republicans Try To Convene The 118Th Congress On Jan. 7 In Washington.
Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) sits within the House chamber as Republicans attempt to convene the 118th Congress on Jan. 7 in Washington.

Andrew Harnik through Associated Press

His Name

The 34-year-old has reportedly not at all times passed by “George Santos.” According to CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski, his aliases embody Anthony Santos, George Devolder, Anthony Zabrovsky and George Anthony Santos-Devolder, amongst others. (Devolder was his mom’s surname.)

Earlier this month, video emerged exhibiting Santos introduce himself as Anthony Devolder at a 2019 occasion in help of then-President Donald Trump.

His Jewish Heritage

Following his election win in November, Santos addressed a Republican Jewish Coalition summit in Las Vegas, the place he was billed as a Jewish Republican. He recognized himself as a “proud American Jew” in marketing campaign supplies obtained by the Jewish information outlet Forward. But when his heritage was known as into query, Santos instructed the New York Post that he by no means claimed to be Jewish. “I said I was ‘Jew-ish,’” he stated.

He has claimed that Zabrovsky is his household’s unique, Jewish final identify. But knowledgeable genealogist instructed CNN there was no indication of a reputation change in his lineage.

That He’s A Descendant Of Holocaust Survivors From Ukraine

Santos instructed Fox News in 2021 that his grandparents “escaped socialism … communism and the Holocaust,” and he repeated the declare throughout his marketing campaign. His grandfather was initially from Ukraine, Santos stated, and fled to Brazil to flee the Nazis. Yet the Forward and CNN reported that information on family tree and Jewish refugees didn’t again up Santos’ story. Rather, the shops discovered proof that his grandparents had been born in Brazil. The New York Times discovered the identical.

That His Mother Was In The Twin Towers On 9/11 …

Santos tweeted in 2021 that “9/11 claimed my mothers life.” His marketing campaign web site states that his mom had been contained in the World Trade Center’s south tower and survived the assault, passing away a “few years” later of most cancers.

But information obtained by The New York Times present that Santos’ mom was not even living within the nation on the time ― she was in Brazil. An obituary for Santos’ mom, Fatima Devolder, states that she died in 2016.

… And That She Was The ‘First Female Executive At A Major Financial Institution’

In immigration paperwork reviewed by The New York Times, Santos’ mom stated she labored as a housekeeper and home aide — not because the “first female executive at a major financial institution,” because the congressman has stated. People who knew Santos’ mom recalled that she made a living cleansing homes and promoting meals, in response to the outlet.

She was additionally born in Brazil, and never Belgium, as Santos had claimed, in response to CNN.

How He Paid For His Campaign

Campaign finance disclosure kinds present that Santos lent his marketing campaign $700,000, the Times stated. He claimed that he earned a wage of $750,000 from an organization known as the Devolder Organization (extra on that later).

The supply of Santos’ wealth is unsure. In his mid-to-late 20s, he appeared to wrestle with monetary difficulties; the Times discovered that he confronted eviction twice within the Queens borough of New York City. But just a few years later, throughout his 2022 marketing campaign, Santos was reportedly spending tens of 1000’s of {dollars} on travel, eating places and lodges in New York, Florida, Texas and California, the Times reported.

A subsequent New York Times investigation discovered questionable dealings by a political group that raised funds for Santos, RedStone Strategies. The Washington Post discovered ties to the cousin of a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

That He Worked In Finance For His Family’s Business

The Devolder Organization was described on a Santos marketing campaign web site as his “family’s firm,” The New York Times reported. But data on the corporate, which has no public web site or LinkedIn web page, is scant, the Times stated. Santos reportedly described it as an outfit that hyperlinks funding funds to rich traders, however it isn’t clear who the corporate’s shoppers had been. He instructed Semafor that he carried out companies like serving to rich folks discover yachts to purchase.

He didn’t simply work for the supposed household biz; Santos additionally labored for the Florida funding agency Harbor City Capital, the place he was employed in 2020 below the identify George Devolder. The agency was accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of working a Ponzi scheme and shut down in 2021.

That His Family Had A Fortune In Real Estate

Despite his claims on the contrary, The New York Times discovered no information of actual property properties belonging to Santos or his fast household within the U.S. (On required kinds from his campaigns, Santos solely disclosed an residence in Rio de Janeiro.)

That 4 Of His Employees Died In The Pulse Nightclub Shooting

In an interview with WNYC, Santos stated that individuals working for him had been killed through the 2016 assault on an Orlando homosexual nightclub. The New York Times discovered no connections to him or the assorted corporations he’s labored for among the many 49 individuals who died at Pulse.

That He Went To An Elite New York City Prep School

Horace Mann instructed CNN it has no report that Santos ever attended. The non-public college additionally checked for aliases.

Santos had claimed in a 2020 YouTube video that his mother and father misplaced cash in the actual property market and that he needed to drop out 4 months earlier than commencement, later incomes a GED diploma.

“Unfortunately my parents fell on hard times, which was … something that would later become known as the depression of 2008,” Santos stated. “But we were hit a little earlier on with the over-leveraging of real estate.”

That He Graduated From College

Santos claimed he graduated from Baruch College and New York University, however each establishments instructed a number of information shops they’d no report of him ever attending.

He claimed on a resume that his GPA at Baruch was 3.89 and that he graduated summa cum laude.

He ultimately instructed the New York Post he didn’t graduate from any faculty.

That He Was A College Volleyball Star

In 2020, Santos appeared on a morning radio present the place he stated that he went to Baruch on a volleyball scholarship and “slayed” groups from Harvard and Yale.

“I sacrificed both my knees and got very nice knee replacements, knee replacements from playing volleyball,” Santos claimed on air.

Santos' Office.
Santos’ workplace.

Patrick Semansky through Associated Press

That He Worked For Goldman Sachs And Citigroup

The New York Times reported that neither Wall Street behemoth may give you any report of Santos’ employment there, as he had claimed. Santos later instructed the New York Post that the assertion was a “poor choice of words,” as he didn’t work “directly” for the businesses. He additionally instructed Fox News that his declare was “not false at all” however quite “debatable.”

That He Ran An Animal Charity …

There is not any report that Santos’ supposed charity, Friends of Pets United, ever existed as a reliable tax-exempt group, The New York Times reported after checking with the IRS and lawyer normal workplaces in New York and New Jersey. The Times stated he claimed that he ran a tax-exempt pet charity for 5 years beginning in 2013 ― across the identical time he confronted obvious monetary bother.

… And That He Did Not Swindle A Homeless Veteran With A Sick Dog

Santos denies an alarming story from a Navy veteran, Richard Osthoff, who instructed a New Jersey outlet that he acquired in contact with Santos in 2016 for assist financing surgical procedure for his beloved canine, Sapphire. Osthoff stated that on the time, he was living in a tent on the facet of a freeway, and there was no approach he may afford the abdomen most cancers therapy for his pit bull combine. A veterinary technician pointed him to Friends of Pets United.

Santos, whom Osthoff knew as Anthony Devolder, allegedly helped him elevate $3,000 by GoFundMe that summer season, however the veteran stated he by no means noticed a dime. He stated Santos closed the fundraiser and stopped answering texts and calls. A GoFundMe spokesperson instructed The Washington Post that the fundraiser was actual, and that the corporate had banned Santos’ e-mail deal with from getting used on the service.

Sapphire died in January 2017.

His Alleged Criminal Past

Santos instructed the New York Post that he’s not a felony, “not here or in Brazil or any jurisdiction in the world.”

Speaking on longtime Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast, he stated he’s lived “an honest life.”

“I just pray for all of you, when they come for you, that you have the same strength I have,” he stated, as NPR reported.

In 2008, Brazilian authorities accused him of stealing a checkbook and fraudulently spending $700. The investigation was stymied by their lack of ability to find Santos, in response to The New York Times. But along with his election to Congress, they’ve stated they’re reopening the case.

And That He Never Performed In Brazil As A Drag Queen Called Kitara

Santos stated the suggestion that he was a drag performer is “categorically false.”

“The media continues to make outrageous claims about my life while I am working to deliver results,” he tweeted this week.

Multiple reporters, nonetheless, stated they’ve obtained images or video of Santos performing as Kitara, supplied by former buddies from the Rio de Janeiro homosexual neighborhood.

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