Updated Oct 10, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Rep. George Santos hit with 10 new federal charges, including identity theft

George Santos leaves the U.S. Eastern District New York court on May 10. Photo: Barry Williams for NY Daily News via Getty Images

Embattled Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.). was charged Tuesday with 10 new counts in a superseding indictment in the Eastern District of New York.

The big picture: The new counts come as Santos is already under a federal indictment on charges of wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and lying to Congress. He pleaded not guilty to those charges in May.

  • Representatives for Santos did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.
  • CNN's Manu Raju wrote on X that Santos said he will not resign and has not seen the new charges in the indictment.
  • Santos is now facing 23 charges in the case, including the 13 filed against him earlier this year.

Driving the news: The charges in the 10-count superseding indictment include conspiracy, wire fraud, false statement, falsification of records, aggravated identity theft and credit card fraud.

  • He is accused of filing fraudulent fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission to obtain financial support for his campaign, per a release from Breon Peace, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Santos allegedly also repeatedly charged the credit cards of campaign contributors without authorization, the release said.

Zoom out: Santos has faced calls to resign from both sides of the aisle over revelations that he fabricated much of his resume, background and personal finances.

Yes, but: Santos announced in April that he plans to run for re-election for his Long Island-based House seat.

Of note: The revelations against Santos have attracted a large field of candidates seeking to take his seat, both in the Democratic and Republican primaries, Axios' Andrew Solender reports.

What's next: Santos is due back in federal court on Oct. 27, per the U.S. District Court.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with more context. A previous version of this article mistotaled the number of new charges issued to Santos.

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