Rep. George Santos returns to Washington after being indicted on federal criminal charges

Santos was released on a $500,000 bond with restricted travel between New York and Washington, DC.

News 12 Staff

May 11, 2023, 9:52 AM

Updated 380 days ago

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Rep. George Santos is facing a long list of serious charges and is accused of devising a scheme to line his own pockets and defraud campaign donors.
News 12 took a deep dive into what the 13-count indictment could spell for the congressman.
Prosecutors say Santos persuaded his supporters to give money to a company he controlled, under the guise that the money would benefit his campaign.
Instead, prosecutors allege he transferred $50,000 of the funds to his personal bank account for things like designer clothes and credit card payments.
Leaving federal court, Santos said “I've been complying throughout this entire process. I have no desire not to comply. They've been gracious in there. Now I'm going to have to go and fight to defend myself."
The congressman's financial disclosure forms are also being challenged.
Santos was released on a $500,000 bond with restricted travel between New York and Washington, DC.
Santos could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 30.

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