The FBI is investigating Santos’ role in alleged GoFundMe scheme for a veteran’s dying dog


The FBI is speaking with a Navy veteran who recently alleged. That Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., stole thousands of dollars from an online. Fundraising campaign intended to cover life-saving surgery for his service dog.

Rep.-elect George Santos, R-N.Y. sits in the chamber during opening day of the 118th Congress at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Jan 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Richard Ostoff told /todaystrend News on Wednesday.

That he was on the phone with the FBI and provided all requested records. And information, including text messages. He exchanged with Santos in 2016 for his dog Sapphire.

“I’m excited that the big guys finally picked it up,” Ostoff said. “I have returned all my text messages. And I am returning everything related to the GoFundMe campaign.”

Politico first reported the scope of the FBI’s investigation. An FBI spokesman in New York declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the Eastern District of New York.

Osthoff’s allegations drew national attention when first reported. On claims that Santos helped raise funds on GoFundMe through a charity group.

Linked to the lawmaker that was never made available.

Osthoff later said in an /todaystrend News interview. That Santos helped him raise the funds but started. “Making all these excuses” about the money and refused to hand over the funds.

Santos’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ostoff said she believes the funds could have saved her dog’s life.

In December, two federal law enforcement sources confirmed. That federal prosecutors in New York. Had opened an investigation into Santos and were examining his finances. Including possible irregularities involving his campaign finance. Disclosures and loans while running for Congress.

The investigation by federal prosecutors from the Eastern. District of New York is one of a series of investigations into the embattled New York Republican.

Santos has also been linked to investigations by the Nassau County. District Attorney’s Office and the state Attorney General’s Office. Which said it was “looking into many matters” connected to the congressman.

After dodging a reporter’s investigation into the clear fabrication of his biography.

And qualifications first highlighted by The New York Times. Santos said Tuesday he would recuse himself from a pair of assignments. To the Small Business and Science committees amid many investigations.

Santos has admitted to lying about parts of his background. And has faced many calls to resign from Congress. But has told reporters that he is not considering leaving office.

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