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A George Santos controversies timeline: animal rescue, family, résumé, religion...

The freshly-elected New York representative has come under fire from all sides for his falsified life story as well as discrepancies in campaign finances.

The freshly-elected New York representative has come under fire from all sides for his falsified life story as well as discrepancies in campaign  finances.
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The US Congress is no stranger to pantomime. In the midst of the economic hardships facing many Americans, set to be exacerbated in 2023, the House of Representatives believed it prudent to hold a day-long vote on denouncing socialism. With more increases to interest rates ahead it is more than likely there will be increased unemployment with evidence of such already being seen in the tech industry with thousands of layoffs already in 2023, though the officials are choosing to hold votes like this instead

Away from the large voting spectacles there has been another farce dominating the halls of power. The curious case of Rep. George Santos has had many people questioning the checks and balances put upon elected representatives. The New York Republican is one of the youngest people in the House at present but a wealth of evidence has been emerging over the last month questioning nearly every aspect of his past: his name, campaign funds, alleged criminal and fraudulent past are all being investigated.

This came to a head this week with Rep. Santos stepping back from his two committee assignments.

Let’s break down the confusing past of Rep. Santos. The big source isthe huge New York Times investigation which picked apart dozens of stories Santos has told over the years. This report led to a number of other investigations from other outlets which has led to federal officials in two countries opening investigations.

Timeline of George Santos’ life- we think

22 July 1988 - George Santos is born under the name Anthony Devolder, one of a number of aliases, to a Brazilian family in the US.

2008 - Santos moves to Brazil for three years. Acquanitances claim he competed as a drag queen using the name Kitara Ravache. Allegedly forges checks to buy clothing.

2010 - Charged with check fraud in Brazil though the case is shelved as authorities cannot locate him.

2013 - Claims to a roomate he was working at New York Fashion Week.

2014 - A number of instances of not paying rent.

2016 - Evicted from second property for unpaid rent. Claims in court that he was robbed of rent money and spoke to police. No police report exists.

2016 - Homeless veteran Richard Osthoff claims Santos’ charity stole $3,000 in donations for Ostoff’s dog’s health. The money was never given and the dog died.

2017 - Evicted a third time including a civil judgment of $12,208 against him. Debt yet to be paid as of publication saying he “completely forgot about it”.

2019 - Claims to have studied at Horace Mann School in the Bronx. The school denies he studied there.

January 2020 - Santos works for investment firm Harbor City Capital. The company is under investigation for Ponzi scheme-related fraud.

November 2020 - Loses the 2020 election in New York’s 3rd congressional district to Democrat Thomas Suozzi.

July 2021 - Lies that his mother was killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Autumn 2022 - Santos’ company, Devolder Organization, lends his campaign $700,000. Santos is paid himself $750,000 a year with up to $5 million in dividends. This is the same amount that the whole company is worth.

6 September 2022 - A report in The North Shore Leader, a Rhode Island based paper, questions Santos’ sudden influx of money between 2020 and 2022, going from nothing to over $11 million.

8 November 2022 - Santos beats Suozzi to claim the 3rd congressional district in New York.

November 2022 - Lies that he had employees killed in the Pulse nightclub shooting.

December 2022 - Claims in a Brazilian interview that he had been the victim of multiple robberies and assaults. No records exist.

19 December 2022 - The New York Times claims Santos’ background is “largely fiction”.

21 December - Reports emerge that Santos lied about his grandparents being killed in the holocaust.

26 December 2022 - Santos admits he lied about graduating from college as well as working at Goldman Sachs.

28 December 2022 - Federal prosecutors begin probing Santos’ finances.

2 January 2023 - Rio de Janeiro prosecutors reopen the 2010 fraud case against Santos.

11 January 2023 - Republican officials call for Santos to resign. He refuses.

17 January 2023 - Santos is given seats on two committees, Small Business Committee and the Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

19 January 2023 - Santos denies the reports of being a drag queen though two days later says “I was young and I had fun at a festival.”

1 February 2023 - Steps down from committee positions.

2 February 2023 - Veteran Osthoff reports he has given evidence to the FBI around the scandal over the stolen charity money. “I’m glad to get the ball rolling with the big-wigs,” Osthoff told Politico. “I was worried that what happened to me was too long ago to be prosecuted.”