Brazil reopens 2008 criminal fraud case into George Santos: Report

Now Brazil reopens 2008 criminal fraud case into George Santos over stolen checkbook – after it was suspended because they couldn’t find him: Scandals pile on for lying Republican before first day in Congress

  • George Santos flipped New York’s 3rd Congressional District from blue to red
  • He’s found to have lied about elements of his backstory, including his work resumé, family heritage and education, among other facets
  • Santos insisted to the New York Post that he is not a criminal despite admitting to having ‘screwed up’ and wanting ‘to pay’ back in 2009 

Brazilian authorities are reviving an investigation into U.S. Republican Congressman-elect George Santos of New York, it was reported on Monday.

The criminal case had been suspended for nearly 10 years after authorities in Rio de Janeiro failed to locate Santos. Its revival was reported by the New York Times.

Santos is accused of using a stolen checkbook to spend almost $700 under a false name. It reportedly occurred at a clothing store in the Brazilian city of Niterói.

The gay pro-Trump Republican, who flipped New York’s blue 3rd Congressional District in the midterms, has seen nearly every facet of his purported backstory unravel just weeks before his ascent to Capitol Hill.

He’s still expected to be in Washington, DC on Tuesday for the first day of the 118th Congress.

After the 2008 incident, Santos reportedly came clean on a Brazilian social media website the following year, writing: ‘I know I screwed up, but I want to pay.’

But fast-forward to 2022, the incoming member of Congress told the New York Post that he has never committed any crimes.

‘I am not a criminal here — not here or in Brazil or any jurisdiction in the world,’ Santos said. 

He has, however, admitted to lying about being employed at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs, as well as attending Baruch College and New York University.

Congressman-elect George Santos is the subject of a nearly 10-year-old criminal probe in Brazil that ran cold when authorities failed to locate him

Despite mounting controversies, he’s still expected to be on Capitol Hill for the first day of the 118th Congress

Santos was also called out for falsely claiming his grandparents were Holocaust survivors, as well as misrepresenting details about his mother’s work and not disclosing that he was married to a woman until shortly before his first run for Congress in 2020.

He’s now being investigated by federal and state authorities over whether his lies ever broke any laws. 

The Brazilian criminal case could be the same one referenced in an account by Santos’ former lover reported in the New York Times earlier on Monday.

Pedro Vilarva, who said he was 18 and Santos 26 when they began dating, accused the now-incoming lawmaker of pawning off his phone behind his back and lying about having an income. 

After moving in together in 2014 after just a few months of dating Vilarva described abruptly breaking off the relationship upon discovering that Santos was wanted in Brazil. has reached out to Santos’ lawyer for comment.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has been silent on Santos even as a growing number of current and incoming members of their conference have distanced themselves. 

With just a slim 222-seat majority in the new Congress, every GOP vote is critical to his pursuit of the House Speakership. 

The lies George Santos has told and the stories he has spun – so far: From fabricating family links to the Holocaust, 9/11 killing his mother, working on Wall Street, recovering from a brain tumor, being of Ukrainian-Jewish descent, and starting a charity 

George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after he won the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district.

His lies and fabricated stories span almost every topic from his education background to his family’s heritage.

Santos flipped the New York seat red and is on track to make history by being sworn in as the first openly gay Republican member of Congress.

The New York Times originally broke the story of Santos’ resume embellishments on December 19. They reported that there was no evidence Santos had ever worked at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs and did not attend Baruch College.

Now he is under investigation by both federal and local New York prosecutors, while more accusations about his history surface. breaks down the lies Santos has been caught in – so far:

Santos says he is of Ukrainian Jewish descent

In one interview, Santos said his family name on his mother’s side was the historically Jewish name ‘Zabrovsky.’ 

‘My grandfather was born in Kyiv and left in the late 20s and migrated to Belgium where he met my grandmother and then started a family,’ Santos told Fox Digital in February. ‘We don’t carry the Ukrainian last name, for a lot of people who are descendants of World War II refuges or survivors of the Holocaust, a lot of names or paperwork were changed in the name of survival.’

George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after he won the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district. His lies and fabricated stories span almost every topic from his education background to his family’s heritage

Reports indicate that there have been no successful efforts to find any Jewish or Ukrainian heritage in his family tree according to the Forward.

Santos said in a separate interview in 2020 that he was raised by ‘a white Caucasian mother, an immigrant from Belgium. But Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, was born in Brazil, according to her obituary in 2016. 

Additionally, newly resurfaced tweets show that Santos, who is Brazilian-American, claimed in July 2020 on Twitter that he was biracial, meaning ‘Caucasian and black.’

Santos’ claims his mother died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Santos wrote in a July 2021 tweet that he was ‘blocking’ an account with the handle ‘9/11 was a victimless crime’ because his mother was a victim of the terrorist attack.

He wrote, ‘9/11 claimed my mother’s life… so I’m blocking so I don’t ever have to read this again,’ after the user responded to a tweet from Santos regarding immigration.

An obituary for Santos’ mother, however, states that she died in December 2016, which is more than 15 years after the attack took place.

He also confirmed the real date in a December 2021 tweet where he said: ‘December 23rd this year marks 5 years I lost my best friend and mentor. Mom you will live forever in my heart.’

Santos’ campaign website said his mother ‘survived the tragic events of September 11th’ in the South Tower office of the World Trade Center and died ‘a few years later when she lost her battle to cancer.’

A New York Times report had described Santos’ mother as a ‘domestic worker’ or ‘housekeeper.’

His campaign website described his mother as a top executive.

‘George’s work ethic comes from his mother, who came from nothing, but worked her way up to be the first female executive at a major financial institution,’ the website states.

The congressman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that, ‘9/11 claimed my mother’s life,’ however Fatima Devolder died in 2016 of cancer and it’s unclear if it was 9/11-related. It’s also unclear if she was an executive or a housekeeper

Santos said he attended a prestigious New York prep school

The Representative-elect said that he attended Horace Mann School – an elite private school in the Brox where tuition costs $59,800 per year.

‘He began Horace Mann preparatory school in the Bronx, however, did not graduate from Horace Mann due to financial difficulties for his family,’ read a 2019 biography during his first campaign for Congress, which Santos lost.

‘He obtained a GED during his senior year,’ it added.

The school said, according to CNN, that he never attended.

‘We’ve searched the records and there is no evidence that George Santos (or any alias) attended Horace Mann,’ spokesperson for Horace Mann Prep School Ed Adler said. 

CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx

Former call center worker Santos’ resume includes time at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup 

Santos said that he worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup but now says he used a ‘poor choice of words’ when describing his relationship with the two firms.

The incoming congressman worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012.

He also worked for LinkBridge, where, in an attempt to justify his lie, Santos said that he did business with Goldman and Citi and made ‘capital introductions’ between clients and investors.

Santos said he ‘never worked directly’ for either firm.

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve

Santos’ claim his family-owned real estate portfolio of 10+ properties

Santos posted on Twitter in February 2021 that ‘my family and I’ had not received any rent on 13 properties allegedly owned by him. 

A review property taxes owed or paid for in New York state shows no evidence of ownership. 

He claimed to have a brain tumor

On March 30, 2020, at the start of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic, an interview with Santos was published on YouTube titled ‘George Santos: A Corona Story.’ The video has since been set to private

In the video, according to Newsweek, Santos tells two men, one wearing a ‘Guns and Freedom’ hat and the other seated by a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, that he had ‘battled a brain tumor.’

Discussing his health Santos said: ‘I have an immunodeficiency and I also have acute chronic bronchitis. I also battled a brain tumor a couple of years ago and I had radiation done which really lowers your immunity in general.’

Claimed that he lost four employees in Pulse nightclub massacre

During an interview with WNYC, Santos alleged that four ‘people that work for me’ were killed during the June 2016 mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead. 

No connection has yet to be establish between any of the victims and Santos.

Said he was the founder of a charitable foundation

Santos said he founded a tax-exempt animal rights group, Friends of Pets United, which rescued more than 2,500 cats and dogs.

But no records relating to the group’s charitable status could be found by the IRS, nor could either the New York or New Jersey attorney general’s offices uncover documentation confirming Friends of Pets United had been registered as a charity.

Public records, however, show that Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

In 2016, he claimed $2,250 was stolen in a mugging on his way to pay rent – but cops have no record of the incident 

Santos claimed that in 2016 he was mugged on his way to pay his apartment rent in Queens.

In a sworn statement battling eviction, he said $2,250 was stolen. According to Gothamist, he wrote: ‘I have been mugged at approx 1:15 p.m. on 01/15/16 on Queens Boro Plaza, as I was on my way to pay the lawyer.’

‘I have gone to the checks cash location located on 31st and 23rd Ave in Astoria to request a stop payment.

‘I am unable to provide a police report today as I was requested to go back Tuesday to pick it up.’

The NYPD, however, have no record of the incident, the outlet reported.

Santos eventually moved out of the apartment as a result of the case and paid the rest of what he owed in rent. 

— by Katelyn Caralle 


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