GOP Rep. George Santos ADMITS being serial liar who fibbed about his education and work experience

Incoming New York Republican congressman George Santos has finally admitted that he lied about working at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, as well as attending New York University and CUNY Baruch College, describing it as ‘resume embellishment.’

Rather than working on Wall Street in his pre-political career, he actually worked at a call center making $15 an hour, on a quiet industrial avenue in Queens, New York. 

He has also acknowledged never graduating from any college, despite earlier claiming to have a degree from Baruch in 2010.

‘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,’ he said.

GOP Rep. George Santos ADMITS being serial liar who fibbed about his education and work experience

Incoming New York Republican congressman George Santos has finally admitted that he lied about working at Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, as well as attending New York University and CUNY Baruch College. Here he’s pictured on the campaign trail in Glen Cove, New York

Santos said he was working at Goldman Sachs. He was actually working at a call center in Queens for $15 an hour

Santos said he was working at Goldman Sachs. He was actually working at a call center in Queens for $15 an hour

The ‘openly gay’ Santos, who was revealed to have been married to a woman until 2020, currently lives in Long Island and has since remarried, this time to a man.

Santos had been married to a woman named Uadla between 2012 and 2019 but he now insists he is happily married once again. 

He came clean on Monday after lying his way along the campaign trail.

‘I am not a criminal. Not here, not abroad, in any jurisdiction in the world have I ever committed any crimes,’ Santos said in an interview with WABC radio.

‘To get down to the nit and gritty, I’m not a fraud. I’m not a criminal who defrauded the entire country and made up this fictional character and ran for Congress. I’ve been around a long time. I mean, a lot of people know me. They know who I am. They’ve done business dealings with me,’ he added.

New York GOP Rep.-elect George Santos has admitted to lying on his resume

New York GOP Rep.-elect George Santos has admitted to lying on his resume

‘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,’ he said.

‘I want to make sure that if I disappointed anyone by resume embellishment, I am sorry.’ 

The Donald Trump-supporting politician won a historic victory on November 8 when he became the first openly gay non incumbent Republican elected to Congress.

Despite the blatant deception Santos told the New York Post he has no intention of stepping aside and still intends to take office in the new year.

Public records show that he was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

Public records show that he was previously married to a woman named Uadla Vieira, a native of Brazil, until 2019

The DISH Network call center in College Point, Queens, were Santos answered customer calls in Portuguese and English for $15 an hour between 2011 and 2012

The DISH Network call center in College Point, Queens, were Santos answered customer calls in Portuguese and English for $15 an hour between 2011 and 2012

‘I am not a criminal,’ Santos said. ‘This [controversy] will not deter me from having good legislative success. I will be effective. I will be good.’ 

Santos appeared to dismiss any concerns that his lies may affect his credibility.

‘I campaigned talking about the people’s concerns, not my resume,’ Santos told The Post.

‘I intend to deliver on the promises I made during the campaign — fighting crime, fighting to lower education, improving education. The people elected me to fight for them,’ he said.

‘I came to DC to bring results on those issues and that’s what I’m going to do.’

Questions were first raised after a New York Times report brought up a number of accusations including allegations he lied about his family’s history. 

It appears Santos lied his away along the campaign trail. Questions were first raised after a New York Times report brought up a number of accusations including allegations he had lied about his family's history

It appears Santos lied his away along the campaign trail. Questions were first raised after a New York Times report brought up a number of accusations including allegations he had lied about his family’s history

Santos' mother, Fátima Devolder, died in 2016. The congressman has claimed that she Jewish and was an executive working in the South Tower on 9/11. She was in fact a Brazilian Catholic

Santos’ mother, Fátima Devolder, died in 2016. The congressman has claimed that she Jewish and was an executive working in the South Tower on 9/11. She was in fact a Brazilian Catholic

On his campaign website Santos stated that his mother was Jewish and his Jewish maternal grandparents escaped the Holocaust by moving to Brazil but records show that his maternal grandparents were Brazilian-born Catholics.

Santos says that he’s ‘clearly Catholic,’ reframing his story as one his grandmother told about being Jewish before later converting to Catholicism.

Rather than working on Wall Street, Santos worked at a DISH Satellite call center from October 2011 to July 2012 at a breadline job based in the College Point section of Queens, living with roommates as he struggled to pay his bills. 

Explaining the discrepancy, Santos simply said he ‘never worked directly’ for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, and that he used a ‘poor choice of words’ but in an attempt to justify his lie he said the company he worked for, Link Bridge, claims he did business with both Goldman and Citi. 

Santos said he made ‘capital introductions’ between clients and investors at both firms. 

Santos’ web of lies began to unravel last week as questions were asked of his resume and it became something of a ‘running joke’ within GOP circles.

‘As far as questions about George in general, that was always something that was brought up whenever we talked about this race. It was a running joke at a certain point. This is the second time he’s run and these issues we assumed would be worked out by the voters,’ said one senior GOP leadership aide who remained anonymous. 

Last week, Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph Cairo demanded Santos explain himself.

‘While I have indicated that the congressman-elect deserves a reasonable amount of time to respond to the media, voters deserve a sincere accounting from Mr. Santos. I will be listening attentively, and I want to hear meaningful remarks from George Santos.’

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year's Eve. Santos was the first outwardly gay Republican elected to the U.S. Congress

George Santos (right) poses with his then fiancé at Mar-a-Lago on New Year’s Eve. Santos was the first outwardly gay Republican elected to the U.S. Congress 

The Donald Trump-supporting politician won a historic victory on November 8 when he became the first openly gay non incumbent Republican elected to Congress.

He defeated Robert Zimmerman, an openly gay longtime left-wing operative, for outgoing Democrat Rep. Tom Suozzi’s seat in New York’s 3rd Congressional District.

Just before Christmas Santos promised that answers would be forthcoming tweeting: ‘To the people of #NY03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week. I want to assure everyone that I will address your questions and that I remain committed to deliver the results I campaigned on; Public safety, Inflation, Education & more.’

While Santos worked at the call center, his roommate at the time, Gregory Morey-Parker, told the Times that Santos would tell outlandish tales about his family having property in Nantucket while his mother worked as a housekeeper. 

Another former friend, Peter Hamilton, said that he met Santos in 2014 and lent him money so that the Republican could move into a home with his boyfriend. 

When that loan wasn’t repaid, Hamilton took Santos to small claims court, where a judge ordered the Queens-native to pay up $5,000 plus interest. 

That same year, a landlord in Queens took Santos, his sister and mother to court over three months of unpaid rent which resulted in the trio being evicted. 

Hamilton told the Times: ‘I have regrets that I didn’t come forward before the actual election. At this point, it’s like, he’s defrauding the public.’

George Santos (left) shakes the hand of Rudy Giuliani (right). The New York Times found out Santos may have lied about where he went to school and working for big financial institutions like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs

George Santos (left) shakes the hand of Rudy Giuliani (right). The New York Times found out Santos may have lied about where he went to school and working for big financial institutions like Citigroup and Goldman Sachs

On Monday night, Santos' lawyer Joseph Murray put out a statement attacking The New York Times for 'launch[ing] this shotgun blast of attacks'

On Monday night, Santos’ lawyer Joseph Murray put out a statement attacking The New York Times for ‘launch[ing] this shotgun blast of attacks’ 

In 2015, another landlord took Santos to court over $2,250 unpaid rent. The same thing happened in 2017 with a different landlord who ordered the future representative to fork over $12,000. 

It wasn’t just landlords who had an issue, Discover Card won a judgement over Santos in 2018 to the tune of $1,027.45. 

DailyMail.com’s source said of Santos’ mother’s funeral: ‘When his mother passed away, he gave a fraudulent check to the funeral home.’

Santos told the church that his family could not afford the funeral for his mother Fatima Devolder. A collection was held at the church with the priest telling CBS that the money collected was ‘significant.’ 

DailyMail.com has also discovered a GoFundMe page that Santos set up to help to pay for his mother’s funeral in 2016.

The page raised $1,850 of a $10,000 goal. On that profile, he wrote that he and his sister were not working at the time of her death because she needed 24 hour care. 

On his campaign website, it reads: ‘George’s work ethic comes from his mother, who came from nothing, but worked her way up to be the first female executive at a major financial institution. On September 11, 2001, George’s mother was in her office in the South Tower. She survived the horrific events of that day, but unfortunately passed away a few years later.’

NY state Attorney General Letitia James' office is 'looking into' Santos

NY state Attorney General Letitia James’ office is ‘looking into’ Santos

New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office has said that they are ‘looking into’ Santos’ finances. 

The AG’s office did not specify whether the New York Times story triggered the review, nor did it say whether a full investigation was being launched.

Santos’ lawyer, Joe Murray, did not have a response for DailyMail.com and said he has not been contacted by the New York State Attorney General’s office.

Santos previously billed himself as a ‘walking contradiction’ for being a non-white, LGBTQ Republican.

He’s used his identity to hammer Democrats for their own identity politics.

He previously claimed to DailyMail.com in August that he’s been all but excommunicated from the Big Apple’s LGBTQ crowd.

‘We’ve been scorned, exposed, I mean, I don’t even know what word to use. But we’re persona non grata in the gay community in New York City,’ Santos said at the time.

But earlier this week, his identity was put under serious scrutiny as more and more holes began to pop up in his background story.

Santos suggested he’d respond to the mounting claims within a matter of days.

‘To the people of #NY03 I have my story to tell and it will be told next week,’ the Rep.-elect wrote on Twitter.

An earlier statement by his lawyer reacting to the Times’ story called it a ‘shotgun blast of attacks’ against Santos.

Santos’ fellow future members of the New York congressional delegation were among the first to cry foul over his apparently misrepresented credentials.

Incoming Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) called Santos ‘woefully unqualified.’

Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) wrote on Twitter: ‘Looks like far-right Republican George Santos, who fabricated his whole political identity, may have even lied about his sexuality. I may be the only actual openly gay member of Congress in New York in the New Year.’

And progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), representing parts of Queens and the Bronx, raised questions about Santos’ timeframe for his rebuttal set for next week.

‘Why do you need a full week to confirm if you live where you said you did, worked where you said you did, went to school where you said you did…?’ Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

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