- Samuel Miele, a former campaign fundraiser for New York Rep. George Santos, has pleaded guilty in a federal criminal case on Long Island.
- Santos, a first-term Republican congressman, is charged in the same court with fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making false statements.
- Santos, who has lied about aspects of his personal and professional life, has resisted demands from Congress to resign.
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 01: Representative George Santos (R-NY) returns to his office after a House debate on a resolution to expel him from Congress, at the U.S. Capitol on November 1, 2023 in Washington, D.C. DC. On Wednesday evening, Congress is scheduled to vote on an expulsion resolution against Rep. Santos and censure resolutions against Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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A former campaign fundraiser for embattled Rep. George Santos of New York pleaded guilty Tuesday in a federal criminal case.
Samuel Miele’s guilty plea comes just three months after he was indicted in Long Island federal court on charges of posing as a top aide to former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy while he was looking for donations for Santos.
Last month, Santos’ former campaign treasurer, Nancy Marks, pleaded guilty in the same court to several campaign finance crimes related to her work for him.
Santos, 35, is himself charged in the same court with 23 counts of fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds and making false statements.
When they added new charges against him last month, prosecutors accused Santos of stealing people’s identities and placing charges on his donors’ credit cards without their permission, and of falsely inflating his campaign revenues “with non-existent loans and contributions that were fabricated or fabricated.” stolen.”
The congressman, who represents parts of Queens and Nassau County on Long Island, came under scrutiny in late 2022, shortly after winning his House seat, when a series of News articles revealed how he lied about his family background, education and professional resume.
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Miele, 27, had raised money for Santos during the first Republican congressional campaign in 2020 and again in 2022.
Miele was accused of pretending to be an aide to California Republican McCarthy while soliciting donations for Santos from more than a dozen potential contributors. Miele received a 15% commission on each successful donation.
The aide was not identified in charging documents. But CNBC reported earlier this year that Miele had made calls and sent emails to potential donors while pretending to be McCarthy’s chief of staff, Dan Meyer, during the past two congressional election cycles.
Santos has pleaded not guilty in his own criminal case and has refused demands for resignation from fellow New York Republicans and others.
When Santos was first indicted in May, U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said, “This indictment seeks to hold Santos accountable for various alleged fraudulent schemes and blatant misrepresentations. »
“Taken together, the allegations contained in the indictment accuse Santos of relying on repeated dishonesty and deception to gain access to the halls of Congress and enrich himself,” Peace said.
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