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Newly elected Republican to US Congress accused of lying on resume

Who is George Santos really? The House Republican elected to the House of Representatives, who won a Democratic seat in New York State in the November election, is accused of lying broadly on his resume, according to a New York Times investigation. His opponent is calling for his resignation even before he takes office.

Elected in the 3rd district of this US state, George Santos reacted through a statement from his lawyerJoseph Murray, saying that he is “not surprised that enemies in the New York Times are trying to vilify her with slanderous accusations”.

The NYT reports that George Santos, the son of Brazilian immigrants, born in Queens, New York, and an openly gay candidate, may have lied on several points in his biography: the paper questions a degree in finance from Baruch College in New York. York in 2010 and works for Citigroup Bank or Goldman Sachs Investment Bank.

Representatives of the three organizations assured the New York Times that they found no sign of the newly elected official, who is due to take office in early January. Baruch College confirmed to AFP that it did not find alumnus George Santos in its files around 2010.

“Mystery” financial consulting firm

The New York daily is also questioning the former candidate’s “Friends of Animals United” (“Friends of Pets United” in English) association. He also believes that his financial consulting firm, the Devolder Organization, “is something of a mystery.”

In his September filing with the House of Representatives, George Santos says the company paid him $750,000 in salary and $1 million to $5 million in dividends. But the form did not include “any information about clients who may have contributed to such trophies, in clear violation of the requirement to disclose any compensation over $5,000 from a single source,” the NYT notes.

“The truth is that Santos completely lied to voters (…) and does not deserve to represent Long Island and Queens,” responded his Democratic opponent Robert Zimmerman, who was defeated in the Nov. 8 midterms. He called for his resignation and an “immediate investigation by the House Ethics Committee, the Federal Election Commission and the Attorney’s Office.”

In the state of New York, which is considered pro-Democratic, several elective seats in the House of Representatives went over to the Republicans, which contributed to their narrow majority in the lower house of Washington. The Democrats retained their majority in the Senate.

Source: Le Parisien

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