Updated Aug 16, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Ex-fundraiser for Rep. Santos indicted for allegedly impersonating McCarthy aide

Rep. George Santos leaves a federal court in May. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

A former fundraiser for Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) has pleaded not guilty after being indicted this week on five counts relating to wire fraud and identity theft.

Why it matters: The federal indictment alleges that Sam Miele impersonated a high-ranking House aide to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), and tricked at least a dozen donors with a fake name and email address, AP reports.

  • Santos, who has already pleaded not guilty to 13 federal charges related to wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making materially false statements to the U.S. House, has not been charged in connection with the investigation into Miele.
  • The indictment accuses Miele of impersonating a McCarthy aide to secure campaign funds for Santos. He allegedly earned a 15% commission from the money he raised, CNBC reported.
  • The McCarthy aide was not identified in the indictment, but multiple outlets have identified them as Dan Meyer, who served as McCarthy's chief of staff.
  • Miele, who pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court, was released on $150,000 bail, per NBC.

McCarthy's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Axios on Wednesday.

Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information.

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