US Representative George Santos has been arrested, with a federal indictment accusing him of making false statements about his assets, income and liabilities.
US congressman Santos pleads not guilty to fraud
US Representative George Santos has pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, money laundering and theft of public funds in the latest hit for the Republican who has resisted calls to resign for lying about his resume.
Santos appeared in court wearing a sweater over a white collared shirt, a blazer and light slacks, and he answered “Yes, ma’am,” when the judge asked him if he had discussed the charges with his lawyer and understood his fifth amendment right against self-incrimination.
A 13-count federal indictment, unsealed on Wednesday, charges Santos, 34, with defrauding prospective political supporters by laundering funds to pay for his personal expenses and illegally receiving unemployment benefits while he was employed.
It also accuses him of making false statements to the House of Representatives about his assets, income and liabilities.