- Rep. George Santos was indicted for theft in Pennsylvania in 2017, Politico reported.
- The charges related to bad checks written to dog breeders in the state’s Amish area.
- Santos’ past philanthropic work for animals has come under increasing scrutiny.
Republican Congressman George Santos’ claims about his past philanthropic activities came under increased scrutiny this week, with more and more people accusing him of holding thousands of dollars for animals.
But the senator was actually charged with theft in Pennsylvania in 2017, accused of writing thousands of dollars in bad checks with notes that looked like “puppies” in the notes section. Politico reported on Thursday.
Tiffany Bogosian, a New York attorney who attended middle school with Santos, told the outlet that she helped him address the accusations after they reconnected.Bogosian confirmed the details in a call with Insider. bottom.
Santos earned $15,125 in checks to dog breeders in the state’s Amish area, Politico reported. held. Instagram page of the shop.
In 2020, Santos asked Bogosian for help in dealing with an alleged theft, telling him that the check was bounced because he called the bank to cancel the check before it was cashed.
November 2017 checkObtained by Politico. The line on the memo says “puppy” or “puppy,” and the check signatures all look different.
Bogosian told an insider that he didn’t think Santos was the most trustworthy person.
“He lied all the time about being stupid,” she said. Still, her past and story piqued her interest, so she decided to help him.
The charge of theft with deception was eventually dropped and has been expunged from Santos’ records in 2021, a York County District Court representative confirmed to Politico.
Santos and York County officials did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.
Bogosian has previously reported Santos’ suspicious behavior.she said Washington Post Last month, Santos tried to get a client to invest in Harbor City Capital, the company he worked for.
The animal rights group’s accusations are one of many controversies surrounding Santos’ past. The congressman admitted to lying and exaggerating his work and education history and personal background.
The FBI is also investigating whether Santos cheated a veteran by pocketing funds for a dying service dog, but lawmakers deny it.