FBI Probing George Santos' Alleged GoFundMe Scam

Agents got in touch with veteran who says Santos scammed him out of GoFundMe money
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2023 12:17 AM CST
The FBI Is Now Probing George Santos
FILE - Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., leaves a House GOP conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 25, 2023. Santos told colleagues in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he is temporarily stepping down from his two congressional committees.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Yet another investigation is focused on controversial congressman George Santos: Now, the FBI is probing allegations that Santos, who was going by the name Anthony Devolder at the time, scammed a disabled veteran out of $3,000 raised in a GoFundMe campaign for the vet's dying dog. The US Navy vet, Richard Osthoff, says two agents have been in touch with him and that he turned over text messages between him and Santos from 2016. "I’m glad to get the ball rolling with the big-wigs,” Osthoff tells Politico. "I was worried that what happened to me was too long ago to be prosecuted.” GoFundMe says it will cooperate with any investigations, ABC News reports. Santos on Wednesday said he had "no recollection" of ever meeting Osthoff.

NBC News notes that the Nassau County district attorney’s office and the New York state attorney general’s office are also probing issues related to the congressman from New York, who is accused of lying about campaign finances—not to mention much of his background and resume—while campaigning for the House of Representatives. Santos on Tuesday stepped down from his committees, but still says he's not considering giving up his seat in Congress. But, in what Politico says was his "strongest statement yet" on the Santos controversy, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said last week that if the House Ethics Committee finds Santos broke the law, he'll be booted from the House. (More George Santos stories.)

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