George Santos admits to fabricating resume

George Santos campaigns outside a store on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 in Glen Cove.

George Santos, the embattled congressman-elect from Queens, admitted on Monday to lying about his educational and financial background.

Santos, in an interview with the New York Post, said he had made up key parts of his resume.

The Republican had previously said he went to New York University and Baruch College, but on Monday, he admitted that was a lie.

“I didn’t graduate from any institution of higher learning. I’m embarrassed and sorry for having embellished my resume,” Santos told the Post.

Santos could not be immediately be reached by NY1 for comment.

A New York Times investigation showed that Santos had fabricated much of his personal history.

Since then, Santos had been tight-lipped on the allegations prior to the story from the Post. Last Friday, in a social media post, Santos hinted at a possible response.

“I have my story to tell and it will be told next week,” Santos said on Twitter.

Santos, the first Latino, openly gay Republican to be elected to Congress, said he was married to a woman for five years.

As for his past financial struggles, including two housing court proceedings, he admitted that his family was struggling to pay off medical expenses related to his mother’s illness. Santos’ mother died in December 2016 of cancer, according to the Post.

Furthermore, Santos noted that he never worked for Citigroup or Goldman Sachs, but that while working for the company LinkBridge Investors, he was able to do business with the two financial firms.

Santos characterized that lie as “a poor choice of words.” Santos said that while at LinkBridge, he helped make “capitol introductions” between clients and investors.

Santos also admitted that his family doesn’t own 13 properties, but instead, the 34-year-old lives with his sister in Huntington, Long Island. He added that he is looking to buy a place of his own.

Additionally, Santos told the Post he’s “clearly Catholic” and that his grandmother told him stories about being Jewish and converting to Catholicism.

Santos also responded to reports that he has a criminal case in Brazil stemming from stealing a checkbook in 2008. He told the Post that he was not charged with any crime.

The revelations are the latest in a saga of deceit associated with the 34-year-old.

“My sins here are embellishing my resume,” Santos told the Post on Monday. “I’m sorry.”

Republican leadership in Congress has been silent on the allegations surrounding Santos.

Last week, New York Attorney General Letitia James’ office said that it’s “looking into a number of the issues raised by [Santos].”