List of Falsifications, Exaggerations and Embellishments of Republican Congressman George Santos

New York (WABC) — A few weeks after George Santos was elected to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district, it became clear that there were major discrepancies in his biography.

Local, state, and federal prosecutors are examining many of the allegations the Republican congressman has made about his life and career, including his financial disclosures.

The controversy began on December 19, 2022. The New York Times reported Some of Santos’ biographies regarding his education, career, and philanthropic activities have been questioned by public records and involved schools and businesses he alleged.

more: Queens DA is the third prosecutor’s office to investigate George Santos.


As The Times first reported, National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) website He said he earned degrees from New York University and Baruch College.his Campaign site He also said he graduated from Baruch.

However, representatives of New York University and Baruch confirmed to ABC News that there was no record of Santos attending their institutions.

A few days later, New York Post interviewSantos admitted that he never graduated from college.

In addition to the false statement he admitted to attending Baruch College, another part of his education is now being challenged.

In a 2020 archived version of the Congress website, Santos said he attended Horace Mann, an elite private school in New York City, but did not graduate due to his family’s financial difficulties. He said he continued to get his GED.

However, on Thursday, a school spokesperson confirmed to ABC News and other news outlets that he never attended Horace Mann.

more: Colleges, Banks Don’t Have NY Congressman Records

income and finances

According to his biography on the NRCC site, Santos worked for companies like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. However, spokespeople for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup told ABC News there was no record of Santos being hired.

Santos told The Washington Post that his work history was “not great,” and claimed that he worked with two major financial institutions as vice president of a company called Link Bridge.

Santos later said in a Fox News interview that his claims that he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup were “disputable,” the companies he was vice president of. As for Link Bridges, he appears to have retracted some of the actual false admissions on his resume because he did “massive” business with two Wall Street giants.

When he first ran for Congress in 2020, Santos did not list his assets and $55,000 salary in the personal financial disclosure report he submitted as a candidate for the House.

However, a 2022 personal financial disclosure report filed as a candidate has since shown that his fortunes have changed dramatically. He owned $2.6 million to his $11.25 million in assets, including an apartment in Rio de Janeiro, a checking account, and a savings account.

He reportedly made millions of dollars between January 2021 and December 2022 from his New York-based company, the Devolder Organization, according to a 2022 disclosure. , reported taking out auto loans ranging from $15,001 to $50,000.

Santos did not identify Deboulder’s clients on its disclosure form, and the company does not appear to have a public presence, such as a website. was calling

he told news agency Semaphore He made his money partly by matching and cutting sellers of luxury goods such as planes and yachts with potential buyers. He explained that his clients were “high net worth individuals”.

“If you’re looking at a $20 million yacht, my referral fee could be between $200,000 and $400,000,” Santos told Semafor.

Santos made $500,000 in March 2022 and the final week of the 2022 election cycle between 2020 and 2022, according to disclosures of his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission. It reportedly lent $705,000 to the congressional campaign, including a last-minute injection of $125,000.

The FEC sent a letter to the Santos campaign requesting proper itemization of the $125,000 loan.

more: Calls Growing for FEC to Investigate George Santos Campaign Finances


According to his archived version Campaign siteSantos previously said he runs a 501(c)(3) charity called Friends of Pets United, but a search of the IRS website reveals a list of charities by that name. Could not be located.

References to Friends of Pets United appear to have been removed from Santos’ campaign website.

Santos denied Navy Veterans Claim He is said to have held a fundraiser for veterans’ sick dogs in 2016, but has since never shared the thousands raised.

Santos, who goes by the name “Anthony Devolder”, started a fundraiser on GoFundMe for Navy veteran Richard Ostoff’s dog Sapphire, raising $3,000, but later became uncooperative and unresponsive, and sold Sapphire. It did not provide funding for treatment, Ostoff claims.

Santos denied the allegations on Twitter.

more: Veteran says George Santos donated to help his dying dog


Santos was also accused of lying about his family history, having previously said his mother was Jewish and that his parents fled persecution during World War II and had resettled in Brazil. However, the Jewish news agency The Forward Revised genealogical information And it turns out that Santos’ maternal grandparents were born in Brazil.

In an interview for The Post, Santos said he was “clearly Catholic” but claimed to have told stories about his grandmother being Jewish and later converting to Catholicism.

“I never claimed to be Jewish…I am Catholic. Having learned that my maternal family was of Jewish background, I thought I was ‘Jewish.’ ‘ said Santos.

Another glaring contradiction in Santos’ biography surrounds the death of his mother, Fatima Deboulder.

Santos wrote Tweet 2021, “9/11 took my mother’s life…”

in his archived version Campaign siteHis mother worked in the South Tower of the World Trade Center and survived the terrorist attack, but died “a few years later.”

today his website His mother says he died of cancer, but did not say if it was related to 9/11 and that he had been exposed to the blast.

Santos seems to have fixed the timeline of his mother’s death as well.so Tweet From December 2021, he said the date would mark the fifth anniversary of his mother’s death, even though he had previously said his mother’s death was “years after” 9/11. Yes, I wrote that it was 2016.

Ann obituary His mother said she passed away on December 23, 2016, which matches Santos’ tweet last year, though it’s unclear how old she was when she died. According to her obituary, she was born in 1962 so she should have been 54, but her obituary said she was 64.

ABC News has obtained documents showing Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, was not in New York at the time of the September 11 attacks, as she previously claimed.

more: Immigration documents show Santos’ mother was not in New York on 9/11

private life

Santos is the first openly gay non-sitting Republican elected to the House of Representatives.He said Interview with USA Today In October, he said he “never had a problem with[his]gender identity in the last 10 years”. Records were also found, and they divorced before running for Congress in 2019.

Santos told the Post that he was married to the woman for about five years from 2012 until they divorced in 2017.

“I’ve dated women in the past. I’ve married women. It’s personal,” he said.

“I’m very gay,” he said. “I have no problem with my sexuality. People change. I am one of those who change.”

ABC News first reported a story first reported by freelance journalist Marisa Kavas that there were photographs of an openly gay congressman appearing to show off drugs in Brazil in 2008. confirmed.

In a tweet, Santos denied performing in drag.


In an interview with the New York Post, Santos flatly denied any legal wrongdoing.

“I’m not a criminal here. I’m not a criminal here, in Brazil, in any jurisdiction in the world,” he said. “Nothing like that. There was no such thing.”

However, Brazilian prosecutors are seeking renewed charges against him in connection with a 2008 criminal case. A spokesperson for the Rio de Janeiro public prosecutor’s office told ABC News.

The case allegedly paid for the goods with a checkbook stolen when Santos was 19, a spokesperson for the prosecutor said. He is accused of forging two checks for $400 to buy clothes for him and his friends.

A lawyer for Santos did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News. told the New York Times: “I am in the process of engaging a local attorney to address this alleged complaint against my client.”

Information from ABC News was used in this report.


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