George Santos, the former campaign treasurer for United Stated Representative predicted to plead guilty an undefined offense regarding a federal investigation into financial misleading captured New York Republican and the former campaign treasurer.
Nancy Marks, a seasoned political operative from Long Island, served as Santos’ campaign treasurer and trusted advisor throughout his two congressional campaigns. She resigned after learning that most of Santos’ life story was made up and raising questions about the financing of his campaign.
Marks will enter his petition in court in Central Islip in the early afternoon of Thursday. This news occurs as Santos is being held on 13 federal accusations, including money laundering and misleading Congress about prior financial disclosures.
Inquiries for responses from Marks and Santos have gotten no reply from either.
Santos already misguided about his assets or income during his 2022 campaign, stated that he got a payment of $750,000 and between $1 million and $5 million in profits from his business, the Devolder Companies.
The inquiry into the first-term congressman has also trapped Marks, an important figure in Long Island Republican politics who has worked as the treasurer and advisor of different local, state, and federal lawmakers.
Marks has faced criticism for the congressman’s unusual campaign filings, especially a series of expenses totaling $199.99, which fall just shy of the required amount. Santos attempted to blame Marks for his confusing financial condition in response, claiming that she made decisions on her own without consulting him.
The Republican lawmaker could face a serious setback if prosecutors reach a settlement requiring Marks to testify against Santos. He is already convicted of misappropriating cash from his campaign, lying to Congress about his financial situation, and illegally claiming benefits for unemployment.
There are still concerns regarding Santos’ actual career history and the true source of the approximately $700,000 he first stated to have loaned to his campaign from his personal wealth, even though he has confessed to deceiving important aspects of his stated background as a wealthy and educated businessman.
According to a formal complaint made to the Federal Election Committee by the Campaign Legal Center, cash may have been illegally routed into the Santos campaign by anonymous organizations. Both Marks and Santos were mentioned in the case, which was filed in January.
Santos has entered a not guilty plea to charges of swindling contributors, abusing campaign finances, and lying to Congress about his wealth—all while dishonestly claiming unemployment benefits to which he was not entitled. He has refused to resign despite requests that he do so.
According to a complaint made to the Federal Election Committee by the Campaign Legal Center, Santos’ campaign may have received illicit funding from unknown entities. Both Marks and Santos were named in the January complaint.
The congressman appeared briefly in court on Wednesday afternoon for his preliminary hearing before a federal magistrate judge.
Santos’ bail is supported by three people, whose names are being withheld due to worries about revenge, according to his lawyer. Santos has given up his passport and is not allowed to leave New York or Washington, D.C., until the court and pretrial services give him clearance in advance.
Santos is now facing some more criminal charges on top of the several scandals that have created worriedness for him ever since even before he entered office in January. The newly elected Republican introduced his bid for reelection in 2024 despite demands for his resignation from members of the two major parties.