“The first-term Republican congressman’s extensive lies on the campaign trail and questionable financial dealings were the focus of criminal and ethical inquiries.
Representative George Santos, the New York Republican who fell under numerous investigations over his personal and campaign finances after his biography was found to be a web of lies and exaggerations, has been charged by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, two people familiar with the investigation said.
The charges, which were reported earlier by CNN, come after months of investigation by the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn, which has been conducting one of the inquiries into Mr. Santos’s financial and campaign activities.
Mr. Santos, his lawyer and a spokeswoman in his Washington office did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined to comment. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn could not be reached for comment; an F.B.I. spokesman declined to comment.
The specific charges against Mr. Santos, who last month announced he would run for re-election in his district in Long Island and part of Queens, are not yet clear. CNN reported that Mr. Santos could appear as soon as Wednesday in federal court.
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Mr. Santos has been subject to immense scrutiny in the wake of reporting published by The New York Times last year that found he had lied about his biography, education and work history to voters and raised questions about his personal wealth and campaign finances.
Subsequent reporting uncovered evidence of possible misconduct, including irregularities in an unregistered fund that purported to be raising huge amounts for Mr. Santos and hundreds of thousands of dollars in unexplained expenses.“