- Aug 19, 2003
County, State and Federal probes into Santos's actions.
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
The Republican district attorney for Nassau County said she will look into the "numerous fabrications and inconsistencies" on George Santos's CV.
Allegations about discrepancies in his backstory were first made in a New York Times report last week.
Mr Santos is scheduled to be sworn in on 3 January. The newspaper published an investigation this month alleging Mr Santos - who was elected to Congress in the November midterm elections - had made several lies on his resume. Those included that he had graduated from Baruch College in New York and worked at high-profile Wall Street firms Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.
Mr Santos admitted earlier this week he had never worked for either firm directly and had lied on his CV about graduating from college, saying he was "embarrassed" that he had not. ...
In one tweet in July 2021, Mr Santos said "9/11 claimed my mother's life."
In another post months later, he wrote: "December 23rd this year marks 5 years I lost my best friend and mentor," referring to his mother.
Mr Santos's campaign website says his mother was in her office in the South Tower, the original 2 World Trade Center, on 11 September 2001, but survived and died of cancer several years later. ...
On Wednesday, Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said residents of Mr Santos's congressional district in New York "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".
Prosecutors with the US attorney's office in the Eastern District of New York have also launched a separate federal probe, a source told BBC's US partner CBS News, as well as other US media. CBS reported that they are looking into his finances and financial disclosures. ABC News reported it was not yet a "formal investigation".
US media outlets have also reported New York Attorney General Letitia James was "looking into" some of the issues raised about Mr Santos. ...
And a new article by The New York Times, published on Monday, shows that former friends and colleagues say Santos, 34, has been weaving a fictional narrative about his life for years.
Pedro Vilarva, who met Santos in 2014, dated the embattled politician for a few months before they moved in together, per The Times.
Vilarva said that Santos, elected in November to represent a Long Island district, who he found "charming and sweet," rarely contributed to bills.
"He used to say he would get money from Citigroup, he was an investor," said Vilarva, per The Times. "One day it's one thing, one day it's another thing. He never ever actually went to work."
In 2015, Vilarva said that Santos surprised him with plane tickets to Hawaii. However, the tickets did not exist, The Times said. The newspaper reported that at a similar time, Vilarva noticed that his cell phone had gone missing.
He said he believed that Santos stole it and pawned it, per The Times.
After these incidents, Vilarva told the newspaper that he searched Santos' name online and discovered that Brazilian police wanted him.
In 2008, The Times reported that Santos, then 19, was accused of stealing a checkbook of the man his mother was caring for.
Citing Brazilian court records, the newspaper said that Santos used the checkbook to make fraudulent purchases. Two years later, The Times said, he confessed to the crime and was charged, but the case remains unresolved.
This revelation was the breaking point for Santos' ex-boyfriend, he told the newspaper. "I woke up in the morning, and I packed my stuff all in trash bags, and I called my father, and I left," he said.
Vilarva told The Times he was gullible for believing Santos, who was elected in November, and added that he is worried about the impact the politician's apparent propensity for lying could have if he becomes — and remains — an elected official.
"I would be scared to have someone like that in charge — having so much power in his hands," he said, per The Times.