Everyone knows Washington, D.C. is a swamp filled with corruption. They usually get away with their crimes.
But one GOP Congressman was indicted on 23 shocking charges you have to see.
Rep. George Santos (R-NY) was slapped with numerous charges on Tuesday, which included conspiracy, wire fraud, false statements, falsification of records, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.
Prosecutors issued a 23-count superseding indictment against Santos.
BREAKING: George Santos indicted on 23 counts – conspiracy, fraud, false statements, falsifying records, aggravated identity theft, money laundering, and more
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One count of conspiracy to commit offenses against the United States, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of making materially false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), two counts of falsifying records submitted to obstruct the FEC, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of access device fraud are included in the charges.
According to the Department of Justice, this is in addition to the seven charges of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making substantially false statements to the United States House of Representatives included in the original indictment.
“As alleged, Santos is charged with stealing people’s identities and making charges on his own donors’ credit cards without their authorization, lying to the FEC and, by extension, the public about the financial state of his campaign. Santos falsely inflated the campaign’s reported receipts with non-existent loans and contributions that were either fabricated or stolen” said United States Attorney Peace.
“This Office will relentlessly pursue criminal charges against anyone who uses the electoral process as an opportunity to defraud the public and our government institutions.”
According to the DOJ press release, Santos and his former treasurer, Nancy Marks, collaborated on a plot to fund Santos’ 2022 congressional campaign by filing false reports with the FEC on his behalf.
These reports were believed to have overstated the campaign’s financial figures in order to deceive the FEC, a national party organization, and the American people.
Last Friday, Marks pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct crimes against the United States.
Santos’ allegedly falsified report contained a bogus $500,000 loaned to his own campaign.
According to the DOJ, the New York congressman had less than $8,000 in his personal and company bank accounts.
Now, two wrongs don’t make a right. And if Santos is guilty of these allegations, then he should be charged.
But it’s hard to stomach prosecutors coming after Republicans, like Donald Trump, over anything and everything they can cook up.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden, who we have strong evidence has sold American secrets and influence for bribes, gets nothing.
On the other hand, Trump is being charged with crimes that Biden himself has committed, including unauthorized possession of classified information.
But that’s just how the game is played, Republicans are prosecuted and Democrats get off scot-free.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.