Central Slip, NY — Congressman George SantosIt was his father, Guercino dos Santos Jr., and his aunt, Elma Preven, who posted $500,000 bail after being indicted on federal charges last month, according to court documents.
Federal Judge of Central IslipThursday afternoon. The redacted order shows the signatures of his father and aunt on the bond document.
Long Island Republicans. He was released on $500,000 bail.Santos Names of those who helped secure his release.
In a court filing earlier this month, Santos’ attorney, Joseph Murray, said he would rather go to jail than expose his guarantor to “major damage” from the release of public information. rice field. Under the bond agreement, the co-signatories were not required to pay an upfront payment, but Santos would be financially liable if he did not return to court.
The identities of signatories are usually made public, but Murray cited the “media frenzy and hateful attacks” facing Santos as the reason for the exception. Mr Santos told reporters after his first appearance in court that he would “never get” information about the source of his bail money and claimed the media would “harass them and make their lives miserable”.
But after media outlets called for the filing to be made public, a federal judge denied Santos’ request to keep the information confidential. Santos appealed the decision, arguing that his lawyers should give the co-signatories a chance to withdraw their support before their names are made public. The appeal was dismissed on Tuesday.
The source of the bail money has sparked widespread speculation, including claims by some House Democrats that the congressman’s funders may be seeking political influence.
Earlier this week, Rep. Dan Goldman, D-Ohio, and Greg Landsman, D-Ohio, asked the House Ethics Committee to determine whether Santos violated congressional gift rules. submitted a resolution requesting disclosure of names to the Society.
Santos was charged on May 10 with 13 counts of defrauding donors, stealing money from campaigns, lying to Congress that he was a billionaire, and fraudulently receiving unfair unemployment benefits. pleaded not guilty to
He has resisted calls to resign, but has refused to answer questions about the sources of his wealth, including the $700,000 he paid the campaign. According to federal prosecutors, Santos greatly inflated his income and assets and falsely claimed to have a $750,000 salary from a consulting firm known as the Deboulder Organization LLC.
Santos could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. He is scheduled to return to court on June 30.
https://www.cbsnews.com/newyork/news/who-bailed-out-george-santos-court-documents-show-father-gercino-dos-santos-jr-aunt-elma-preven-posted-500k-bond/ Who bailed out George Santos? Court documents show his father, Guercino dos Santos Jr., and his aunt, Elma Pleven, posted $500,000 bail.