Rep. Santos accused of stealing money from vets GoFundMe for service dog
Rep. George Santos is now accused of stealing money from a GoFundMe that was created to help save a veteran's dog.
Legislator Josh Lafazan was joined today by vets condemning Santos for allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars.
Back in 2016, Santos ran a pet charity called Friends of Pets United. News 12 has learned when it reached its $3,000 goal to help a New Jersey service dog, Santos said the pup was not a candidate for surgery and the money would go to other dogs.
News 12 has learned the veteran was not the only person from his past to speak out about alleged bad behavior recently.
Eula Rochard, a person who claims to be a former friend of Santos, says Santos was a compulsive liar who pretended his family was wealthy.
“He would say his father was very rich, and that he had a marvelous house in the United States. I never believed any of it. If your father is so rich, why aren't you living with your rich father? You came to Brazil with your mom who's a domestic worker here?” said Eula Rochard, Santos’ former friend.
Many of Santos' former acquaintances, including people in Brazil, say he went by the name "Anthony" when they knew him.
Nobody from Santos' office responded to News 12’s requests for comment.