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 October 28, 2023

George Santos enters plea in New York fraud case

Rep. George Santos (R-NY) pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday on charges related to credit card fraud and fundraising fraud during the 2022 election.

Santos is expected to appear in trial on Sept. 9, 2024, just ahead of the 2024 election, according to the attorney's office.

The charges

"Santos was originally indicted in May on six charges brought by U.S. Attorney Breon Peace. Peace added 17 new charges in a superseding indictment against Santos on Oct. 10," the Washington Examiner reported.

"The New York Republican stands accused of several counts of wire fraud, money laundering, and making false statements," it added.

Problems in Congress

"His appearance in court on Friday comes after House Republicans from New York on Thursday moved to force a vote on whether to expel Santos from Congress," NBC News reported.

"The measure requires the House to vote on the resolution within two legislative days, which could happen next week," it continued.

Republicans speak out

“George Santos is not fit to serve his constituents as a United States representative,” Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) said, who filed the resolution to expel Santos.

“George Santos directly profited from his fraudulent action, including transferring money to his own bank account to buy luxury items and pay off debt.”

“I do think that George Santos should have resigned, I don’t think he should be a member of Congress,” Rep. Marc Molinaro (R-NY) also stated in the report.

The charges include claims that Santos made tens of thousands of dollars in purchases on the credit cards of donors. The charges also claim Santos charged one donor's card more than the maximum limit for contributions.

Santos has been a source of controversy since his election win. A report revealed that many of the statements in his election resume had been fabricated, leading to an investigation that led to Santos admitting to some problems and a closer look at his campaign that has now led to charges that included the congressman being released on a $500,000 bond earlier this year.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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