Republican Party’s George Santos admitted in two separate
interviews on Monday to lying about parts of his resume but insisted that he
hasn’t committed any crimes and intends to serve in Congress.
Santos has faced scrutiny over disparities in his
employment and education history, including other public claims he has made
about his biography. In interviews with WABC radio and the New York Post, the
first times Santos has spoken openly about the controversy, he admitted that he
had fabricated some facts. “I am not a criminal. Not here, not abroad, in any
jurisdiction in the world have I ever committed any crimes,” Santos said in an
interview with WABC radio host John Catsimatidis.
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Who is George Santos?
George Santos is an American politician from the state of
New York. In 2022, he was elected to represent New York’s third congressional
district, which covers part of northern Long Island and northeast Queens, after
having unsuccessfully contested the seat two years earlier. He is the first openly
gay non-incumbent Republican elected to congress.
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He was born on July 22, 1988, in Jackson Heights, New York.
His parents migrated from Brazil to the US as young adults where they met,
married, and started a family.
Santos claimed to hold a bachelor’s degree in finance and
economics from Baruch College, but the institute has no record of this. He also
claimed to hold a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from New York
University, but the university has no record of his attendance.
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From October 2011 and
July 2012, he worked as a customer service representative at a call center for
Dish Network in College Point, Queens. He claimed that he and his family was
wealthy and had extensive real estate holdings in the US and Brazil. He claims
to have founded Friends of Pets United in 2013, which he described as a charity
for rescue animals. Santos described himself as a seasoned Wall Street
financier and investor. He said he has worked for Citigroup and Goldman Sachs,
but neither company has any record of him.