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The Lies of George Santos: Full list of whoppers told by Long Island GOP rep

When he was found out, the Republican party's first openly-gay candidate George Santos said it was 'resume embellishment'
UPDATED DEC 27, 2022
New York GOP elect George Santos has admitted to lying about his pre-political career and his family (Santos4Congress/Twitter)
New York GOP elect George Santos has admitted to lying about his pre-political career and his family (Santos4Congress/Twitter)

QUEENS, NEW YORK: New York Republican congressman George Santos' web of lies before his political career has finally come undone. He reportedly admitted to lying about working at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, as well as attending New York University and CUNY Baruch College in 2010 and called it "resume embellishment," while "fibbing his way" through the campaign trail on Monday, December 26.

According to The Daily Mail, he said, "I didn't graduate from any institution of higher learning. I'm embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume. I own up to that … We do stupid things in life," Santos said, adding, "I am not a criminal. Not here, not abroad, in any jurisdiction in the world have I ever committed any crimes. He continued, "I'm not going to make excuses for this, but a lot of people overstate in their resumes, or twist a little bit. … I'm not saying I'm not guilty of that. I want to make sure that if I disappointed anyone by resume embellishment, I am sorry." The 34-year-old is the first openly homosexual Republican elected to Congress.


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From Jewish to Brazilian-born Catholics

Among his many lies, Santos also spun a story about his lineage. His first lie was on his campaign website, in which he claimed that his mother and maternal grandparents were Jewish. He went to state that they moved to Brazil after fleeing the Holocaust during World War II. However, according to The Daily Mail, sources found records that stated that they were in fact Brazilian-born Catholics. However, the Congressman quickly asserted that he was "clearly Catholic," adding that his story was something his grandmother told him before she converted to Catholicism. It was also found that he was married to a Brazilian woman until 2020 and later remarried a man. 

'Embellishing' the details before politics

All his stories seem to have been plain lies. About his claim that he worked on Wall Street, it was found out that he worked at a Dish Satellite call center located in the College Point section of Queens and made $15 an hour while struggling to pay his bills. Santos later explained he "never worked directly" for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and that he simply used a "poor choice of words." However, to justify his duplicitous stories, he claimed that the aforementioned corporations did have dealings with Linkthe company he worked for, Link Bridge, did business with both Goldman and Citi, per The Daily Mail.

Former friends and roommates of Santos have revealed he failed to pay back people the money they once lent him. During the time Santos worked at a call center, his roommate Gregory Morey-Parker, told The New York Times that he would give peculiar tales about his family having a property in Nantucket while his mother worked as a housekeeper. Another former friend, Peter Hamilton, who met Santos in 2014 said he lent him some money so he could move with his boyfriend but the loan wasn't repaid so Hamilton took Santos to small claims court, where a judge ordered him to pay up $5,000 plus interest.

Hamilton said, "I have regrets that I didn't come forward before the actual election. At this point, it's like, he's defrauding the public," reported the source. Same year, a landlord took Santos and his family to court for unpaid rent, which later resulted in them being evicted. Santos is even accused of giving a fraudulent check to a funeral home during his mother Fatima Devolder's death, revealed the source. Santos later told the church he could not afford to pay for his mother funeral. A collection was raised by the church with the priest that the money collected was "significant." Meanwhile, sources found a GoFundMe page that Santos set up to pay for his mother's funeral in 2016 which raised  $1,850 of a $10,000 goal.