Beleaguered Rep. George Santos, RN.Y., on Thursday condemned “crazy” reports claiming he stole funds raised for a homeless veteran’s dying service dog, vowing “These distractions won’t stop me!”
“The reports that he would let a dog die are shocking and insane,” tweeted Santos, who was voted out by the Nassau County Republican Party for lying on his resume about his Jewish heritage, college degree and career on Wall Street. . “My work on behalf of animals was a labor of love and hard work. Over the past 24 hours, I have received photos of dogs I have helped rescue over the years along with messages of support.”
“These distractions won’t stop me!” she added.
The Patch first reported that Richard Osthoff, a homeless veteran honorably discharged from the Navy in 2002, claimed he was connected to Santos’ pet charity in 2016 after discovering that his pit bull mix service dog, Sapphire, developed a life-threatening stomach tumor. and needed surgery.
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Osthoff and another New Jersey veteran, retired Police Sgt. Michael Boll, told Patch that Santos, who went by the name Anthony Devolder at the time, shut down the GoFundMe page after he raised $3,000 and walked away with the money. Osthoff said her dog died in 2017 despite him begging for money to try to save her.
Amid a series of ethical investigations into his campaign funding sources, Santos has rejected calls to resign from New York Congressional Democrats and Republicans alike.
The lies on his resume were first exposed by The New York Times in December after the election, raising questions about how much Republican leaders and pundits knew about Santos’s fraudulent claims to voters, and why the The opposition investigation by Democrats did not expose some of Santos. ‘ more easily verifiable fabrications before.
More recent reports have revealed that Santos worked for more than a year and a half for a company accused in a Florida federal court of being a Ponzi scheme, and suggested that Santos may have orchestrated a “fictitious donor” scheme by disguising campaign contributions. of undisclosed individuals or corporations as income earned through Devolder, Inc., an alleged consulting firm he founded in 2021, and had business ties to Stormy Daniels’ cousin of a sanctioned and convicted Russian oligarch, Michael Cohen, at first of his political career.
Santos is facing an investigation by the House Ethics Committee, and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has said the freshman congressman will be allowed to serve in Congress unless the outcome of the ongoing investigation finds he violated the law. federal campaign finance Despite the investigation, Santos was recommended for two low-level committee assignments, to serve on the Small Business Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee, according to reports.
Rio de Janeiro prosecutors also reopened a years-old case involving Santos, the son of Brazilian immigrants, for allegedly making purchases there with fraudulent checks.
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The New York Times reported Wednesday that immigration documents reveal that Santos’s mother was unable to come to the United States in June 2001 because her green card was stolen in Brazil. Those records therefore contradict Santos’ claims that his mother worked at the World Trade Center at the time of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.