George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after winning the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district.
His lies and made-up stories cover almost every subject, from his educational background to his family’s heritage.
Santos red-edged the seat in New York 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 Dec. 19. They reported that there was no evidence that Santos had ever worked at Citigroup and Goldman Sachs and did not attend Baruch College.
Now he is being investigated by both federal and local New York prosecutors as more allegations about his history surface.
DailyMail.com analyzes the lies Santos has been caught so far:
Santos says he is of Ukrainian Jewish descent
In an interview, Santos said his surname on his mother’s side was the historically Jewish name ‘Zabrovsky’.
“My grandfather was born in Kiev and left in the late 1920s and migrated to Belgium, where he met my grandmother and started a family,” Santos told Fox Digital in February. “We do not carry the Ukrainian surname. For many people who are descendants of World War II refugees or Holocaust survivors, many names or paperwork have been changed to the name of survival.”
George Santos was revealed to be a pathological liar after winning the 2022 midterm elections to represent New York’s 3rd congressional district. His lies and made-up stories cover almost every subject, from his educational background to his family’s heritage
Reports indicate that no successful attempts have been made to find 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 white mother, an immigrant from Belgium.” But Santos’ mother, Fatima Devolder, was born in Brazilaccording to her obituary in 2016.
In addition, newly surfaced tweets show Santos, who is Brazilian American, claimed on Twitter in July 2020 that he was biracial, meaning “white and black.”
Santos claims his mother was killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Santos wrote in a July 2021 tweet that he “blocked” 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 mom’s life… so I’m blocking so I never have to read this again,” after the user responded to a tweet from Santos about immigration.
However, an obituary for Santos’ mother states that she died in December 2016, more than 15 years after the attack took place.
He also confirmed the real date in a December 2021 tweet saying, “December 23rd this year marks 5 years since I lost my best friend and mentor. Mom, you will live in my heart forever.”
The Santos campaign website said his mother “survived the tragic events of September 11” in the office in the South Tower of the World Trade Center and died “a few years later when she lost her battle with cancer.”
A New York Times report had described Santos’ mother as a “housekeeper” 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 become the first female executive at a major financial institution,” the website reads.
The congresswoman-elect said in a 2021 tweet that “9/11 claimed my mother’s life,” but Fatima Devolder died of cancer in 2016 and it’s unclear if it was related to 9/11. It is also unclear whether she was an executive or a housekeeper
Santos said he went to a prestigious New York school
The representative-elect said he attended Horace Mann School – an elite private school in the Brox where tuition costs $59,800 a year.
“He started Horace Mann’s prep school in the Bronx, but didn’t graduate from Horace Mann because of financial hardship for his family,” read a 2019 biography of his first Congressional campaign, which Santos lost.
“He earned a GED his senior year,” it added.
The school, according to CNN, said he had never been there.
“We’ve searched the records and there’s no evidence that George Santos (or any other alias) went to Horace Mann,” said Ed Adler, a spokesman for the Horace Mann Prep School.
CNN reported late Wednesday that the New York Republican has never attended Horace Mann School (pictured), an elite private school in the Bronx.
Former call center employee Santos’ resume lists time at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup
Santos said 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 new congressman worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012.
He also worked for LinkBridge, where Santos, in an attempt to justify his lie, said he did business with Goldman and Citi and made “capital raises” between clients and investors.
Santos said he “never worked directly for either firm.”
George Santos (right) poses with his then-fiancée at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve
Santos claims its family-owned real estate portfolio with more than 10 properties
Santos posted on Twitter in February 2021 that “my family and I” had not received rent on 13 properties allegedly owned by him.
An assessment of property taxes owed or paid in New York State does not show proof of ownership.
He claimed to have a brain tumor
On March 30, 2020, at the start of the US coronavirus pandemic, an interview with Santos was published on YouTube titled “George Santos: A Corona Story.” The video has since been set to private
According to Newsweek, in the video, Santos tells two men, one wearing a “Guns and Freedom” hat and the other sitting by a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, that he had been “battling a brain tumor.”
On his health, Santos said, “I have an immunodeficiency and I also have acute chronic bronchitis. I also battled a brain tumor a few years ago and had radiation, which really lowers your immunity in general.”
Cexplained thin the Pulse nightclub massacre, he lost four employees
During an interview with WNYCSantos claimed that four “people who work for me” were killed in the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead.
No connection has yet been made between the victims and Santos.
Said he was the founder of accharitable 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 the IRS couldn’t find any records regarding the group’s charitable status, nor could the New York or New Jersey Attorney General find documentation confirming that Friends of Pets United was registered as a charity.
However, public records show that until 2019, Santos was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, who was born in Brazil.
In 2016, he claimed $2,250 was stolen in a robbery on his way to pay rent – but police have no record of the incident
Santos claimed he was mugged in 2016 while on his way to pay the rent on his Queens apartment.
In an affidavit fighting eviction, he said $2,250 was stolen. According to Gothamisthe wrote, “I was robbed at approximately 1:15 PM on 1/15/16 at Queens Boro Plaza while on my way to pay the attorney.”
“I went to the checkout location at 31st and 23rd Ave in Astoria to request a hold on payment.
“I can’t provide a police report today because I was asked to go back on Tuesday to get it.”
However, the NYPD has 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