A New York County prosecutor is investigating congressman-elect George Santos, after media investigations revealed the Long Island Republican made false claims during the campaign trail about his educational and professional background and exaggerated his Jewish heritage.
“The many fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-elect Santos are nothing short of staggering. Nassau County, Anne T Donnelly. a statement on Tuesday, NBC News reports. “No one is above the law and if a crime has been committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”
Mr Santos, the first openly gay non-incumbent Republican elected to Congress, falsely claimed to have worked at Wall Street’s biggest firms like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs after graduating from Baruch College, the New York Times reported last week.
The MP-elect was also accused of misrepresenting his family history, first claiming his mother was Jewish and his grandparents fled the Nazis during World War II, only to later backtrack on those claims.
“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos told the New York Post. “I am Catholic. Because I learned that my maternal family was of Jewish origin, I said that I was “Jewish”.
The New York Republican has also come under scrutiny over his finances.
In his first run for Congress in 2020, financial disclosure forms showed Mr. Santos had no assets and a salary of $55,000.
Two years later, his documents suggest he earned between $3.5 million and $11.5 million in 2021 from his company Devolder Organization, which operates in the business of bringing in capital connecting investors, Semafor reports.
The company loaned $700,000 to Mr. Santos’ congressional campaign, drawing criticism from future legislative colleagues.
“George Santos, a former call center worker behind on his rent, loaned his campaign a whopping $705,000. Where did all that money come from? New York Rep. Ritchie Torres wrote on Twitter on Monday. “The ethics committee MUST start investigating immediately.”
In a recent Fox News interview, Mr. Santos defended his credibility.
“So listen, I understand that everyone wants to nitpick me. I will reassure once and for all,” he said. “I am not a facade. I am not a character. I have a long career for which I have worked very hard.