Representative-elect George Santos is now facing a double investigation. Federal and local prosecutors are both inquiring into whether he committed any crimes involving his finances and lies about his background on the campaign trail.
The federal investigation, which is being run by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, is focused at least in part on his financial dealings, according to a person familiar with the matter. The investigation was said to be in its early stages. Questions have arisen about the $700,000 that he donated to his GOP campaign, given that a year before his assets amounted to only $5,000. The provenance of the $11 million that he has reported as his net worth is also not clear.
In a separate inquiry, the Nassau County, N.Y., district attorney’s office said it was looking into the “numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-elect Santos” during his successful 2022 campaign to represent parts of Long Island and Queens.
Anne Donnelly stated, “The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress. No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it”.
It was unclear how far the Nassau County inquiry had progressed, but Donnelly, said in a statement that Mr. Santos’s fabrications “are nothing short of stunning.”