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- Rep.-elect George Santos told The New York Post he fabricated key details about his credentials.
- The report confirmed an earlier investigation by The New York Times, claiming Santos misled voters.
- Santos lied about working for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and graduating from Baruch College.
New York Rep.-elect George Santos told The New York Post on Monday that he lied about his education and work experience, confirming an earlier New York Times investigation that found he likely misrepresented his background to voters.
The Republican congressman-elect, elected in November to represent parts of Long Island and Queens, told The Post that his fabrications wouldn’t stop him from assuming office.
“I am not a criminal,” Santos told The Post.
Santos admitted to The Post that he fabricated several details regarding his professional and educational background, including claims that he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup. He said Monday that he “never worked directly” for either of the major Wall Street banks, calling claims that he worked there “a poor choice of words.”
Santos told The Post that he actually worked for Link Bridge, a company he said did business with both firms.
He also admitted that he never graduated from college. Santos had previously claimed to be a 2010 graduate of Baruch College. The New York Times investigation revealed that Baruch College had no record of Santos as a student.
Santos also addressed a report from the Jewish news outlet The Forward that appeared to show he lied about his family background on his campaign website, which said that his mother was Jewish and his grandparents had escaped the Nazis during the Holocaust.
“I never claimed to be Jewish,” Santos told The Post, saying that his grandmother, “told stories about being Jewish” before converting to Catholicism. “I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish.'”