Rep. George Santos (R-NY) has reportedly agreed to a deal with Brazilian prosecutors to repay a victim that he allegedly defrauded in 2008.
The case was suspended in Brazil because law enforcement was not able to find Santos. The alleged incident happened when Santos, then 19, entered a small clothing store and spent $700 using a stolen checkbook and a false name. He allegedly admitted to the fraud on a Brazilian social media website the following year.
He and his mother allegedly admitted to police in 2010 that he stole the checkbook to make fraudulent purchases. The following year, the charge against Santos was approved, but he had already left the country and was living in the U.S.
CNN reported that prosecutors have “agreed to a deal” with Santos in which he would “formally confess to the crime and pay damages to the victim.”
Prosecutors have contacted Santos’ team seeking assurances that they have the ability to make contact with the victim so restitution can be made.
The deal could still change, the report said.
Santos has already admitted that he fibbed about the claim that he worked for financial titans Goldman Sachs and Citigroup; he also admitted that he did not graduate from college. Furthermore, Santos admitted that he embellished some of the details of his personal life, his religion, and his sexuality. However, he said that these controversies would not detract from his duties.
“I am not a criminal,” Santos claimed. “This will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.”
Santos is also facing local, federal, and congressional investigations in the U.S.