Embattled N.Y. Republican Congressman George Santos faces 10 new felony charges

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Rep. George Santos (R-NY), leaves a House GOP Conference Meeting on Capitol Hill, Washington, January 25, 2023.

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Rep. George Santos (R-NY), leaves a House GOP Conference Meeting on Capitol Hill, Washington, January 25, 2023.

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The New York Republican had already been charged with 13 counts in a May indictment. Federal prosecutors claim that Santos lied to the Federal Election Commission, and then falsified documents to obstruct FEC. In the scheme, Santos is accused of using the credit cards of his political donors to run a credit card scam, and also of trying to scam the Republican Party. “Santos has been charged with stealing identities and charging his own donors’ cards without their consent,” U.S. attorney Breon Peace said in a Tuesday statement. Marks could face up to five-years in prison. It’s not yet clear whether she has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors targeting Santos.

Santos, whose district includes part of Long Island and Queens, was first charged with federal felony crimes linked to his campaign operations in May.

He has acknowledged lying to the public about much of his personal story, fabricating his education, inventing a story about family members who escaped the Holocaust and deceiving voters about his professional career.

Santos remains a member in full standing of the Republican caucus, though he’s been stripped of his committee assignments.

Santos denied any criminal wrongdoing and pleaded guilty to the original charges in May. He was released after posting a bond of $500,000. He is also facing a House Ethics probe, but has announced that he will run for reelection in the next year. Santos announced on social media this week that he will support Rep. Jim Jordan as he fights for the Speaker’s gavel in

. He could be a crucial vote in a bitterly divided chamber despite scandals and criminal accusations.

Santos will be back in federal court October 27.1001010