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Republican Rep. George Santos Pleads Not Guilty To New Federal Charges

Republican Rep. George Santos Pleads Not Guilty To New Federal Charges

New York Republican Rep. George Santos has pleaded not guilty to the additional federal charges accusing him of stealing his campaign donors’ identities and racking up thousands of dollars in unauthorized charges on their credit cards. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, his trial date has been set for Sept. 9. 

Santos entered a not-guilty plea to the superseding indictment. His next status conference is Dec. 12.

The additional charges came after his former campaign treasurer pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the United States, admitting that Santos’ campaign finance reports were adorned with fake loans and donors. 

The indictment describes how Santos allegedly used one donor’s credit card repeatedly without the donor’s knowledge, charging $15,800 to his campaign and related political committees. 

In the following months, prosecutors alleged Santos tried to make $44,800 in unauthorized charges using the same donor’s information. 

Prosecutors also alleged that Santos and his former campaign treasurer Nancy Marks agreed to falsify his campaign finance reports to hit fundraising milestones and boost his political influence. 

“Why would I want to hurt the same people who went out of their way to get me here?” Santos told reporters in denying the recent charges. 

He also pleaded not guilty to the original indictment in May after he was charged with 23 counts of criminal charges. 

He has been accused of wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, and making materially false statements to the House of Representatives. 

“I’m entitled to due process and not a predetermined outcome as some are seeking,” he said on social media on Thursday. 

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