The constituents of New York’s Third Congressional District chose George Santos (R) as their representative in 2022. However, shortly following the election, revelations emerged, casting doubt on several claims he made during his campaign. Notably, Santos had asserted that he was of Jewish heritage, yet when investigative journalists uncovered his Catholic background, he defended himself by describing it as “Jew-ish.”
Furthermore, the congressman had previously stated that his mother had survived the Twin Tower attacks, but subsequent investigations revealed that she was not even in the United States at the time. Presently, Santos finds himself embroiled in yet another controversy.
On October 5, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York made public that Nancy Marks, who formerly served as George Santos’ campaign treasurer, entered a plea of guilt to various charges. The 58-year-old acknowledged her involvement in fabricating donation reports and raised concerns about the authenticity of a claimed $500,000 loan attributed to Santos for the campaign.
Marks admitted guilt to charges of aggravated identity theft, willfully providing inaccurate statements, engaging in wire fraud, and hindering the Federal Election Commission’s proper functioning. As per The New York Times, the ex-treasurer informed the court that she had conspired to artificially boost Santos’ fundraising figures to reach a $250,000 threshold, a prerequisite for eligibility to receive financial aid and logistical assistance from a Republican Party committee.
Santos faces a series of federal felony charges, including accusations of providing false information to Congress, misappropriating public funds, and involvement in money laundering. These charges have prompted questions about his continued presence in office, particularly given the calls from several members of his own political party for his resignation. Nevertheless, Santos remains steadfast in his assertions of innocence.