Just a day after being charged with 13 counts of fraud and money laundering in a U.S. federal court, Rep. George Santos (R-NY) is expected to finalize a deal today with Brazilian authorities to avoid prosecution in a 2008 fraudulent check writing case.
In January, U.S. media outlets obtained documents showing Santos had confessed to using a stolen checkbook in a Rio de Janeiro store to obtain shoes and clothes valued at over $1,300.
According to prosecutors, Santos would pay a fine to the state of Rio de Janeiro and reimburse the victim for the full amount he defrauded, adjusted for inflation.
The total amount prosecutors are requesting Santos pay is approximately $4,800. Of this amount, approximately $2,000 will go to the government as a fine and $2,800 to the victim. He will also be required to formally confess to the charges.
Santos is expected to appear before a Rio de Janeiro judge via Zoom Thursday afternoon.
George Santos will pay fine and repay fraud victim in Brazil after getting slapped with U.S. charges: report https://t.co/6IUZtC2yM3
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