According to sources, Republican representative from New York George Santos has been reportedly detained on federal criminal accusations.
Seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one case of stealing public funds, and two counts of making false statements to Congress have been brought against Santos.
Santos was escorted to a courthouse in Central Islip after being apprehended in Melville, Long Island.
Santos is the subject of an investigation by the House Ethics panel over claims that he broke campaign financing regulations.
Ethics experts claim that his campaign finance forms were made in a way that some transactions were not required to be disclosed.
🚨#BREAKING: George Santos has just been arrested and changed with fraud and money laundering pic.twitter.com/SoctDgpFzW— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) May 10, 2023
🚨#BREAKING: George Santos has just been arrested and changed with fraud and money laundering pic.twitter.com/SoctDgpFzW
Santos has further drawn criticism for fabricating information about his biography, including claims that he attended Baruch College and New York University.
He also misrepresented his employment at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, as well as his claim to have relatives who survived the Holocaust.
Santos has further refuted claims that he took $3,000 from a veteran’s charity fund to pay for his sick dog.
Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy stated on Tuesday that he will study the allegations before deciding whether or not to remove Santos from Congress.
A number of politicians from both parties have demanded Santos to resign due to the plethora of scandals that have marred his career.
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