Full list of George Santos claims now debunked

The November election of George Santos to the House of Representatives was a rare triumph in a largely disappointing mid-term performance for the Republican Party, which failed to capture the Senate.

Santos overturned New York’s 3rd congressional district, securing 54 percent of the vote to beat Rob Zimmerman in a former Democratic seat.

However, media investigations initiated by the New York Times and CNNhave revealed that many of the claims Santos made about his life before winning the election were fabricated, while others remain unfounded.

George Santos speaks in Nevada
U.S. Representative-elect George Santos (R-NY) speaks at the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition November 19, 2022 in Las Vegas. It has now emerged that Santos fabricated large parts of his CV.
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Speaking of New York Post On Monday, Santos admitted to “beautifying” his resume, but insisted it “won’t stop me from getting good legislative wins in Congress.”

On Wednesday CNN Federal prosecutors in New York have reportedly begun investigating Santos’ finances, citing “a source familiar with the matter.”

news week has reviewed Santos’ key claims about his background and personal life to determine if they are true, false, or need further substantiation.

Baruch College graduate

Santos claimed he graduated from New York’s Baruch College in 2010 with a degree in economics and finance. When contacted by the New York Times The college could find no record of Santos ever attending as an undergraduate.

Speaking of New York Post On Monday, Santos admitted that he had not graduated from Baruch, commenting: “I did not have a college degree. I’m embarrassed and sorry for embellishing my resume.”

Worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup

After leaving college, Santos said he worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, two of Wall Street’s most prestigious banks. But if the New York Times Contacted, neither company said there was a record of him working for them.

While his New York Post Interview Santos admitted he “never worked directly for either company” and claimed he instead did business with them while working for a company called Link Bridge. He described his original claim as “poor choice of words”.

Family-owned real estate portfolio with 13 objects

In February 2021, Santos claimed “my family and I” hadn’t received rent on 13 properties they owned in almost a year, asking, “Will we landlords ever be able to repossess our property?”

He later admitted New York Post that he owns no real estate and currently lives with his sister.

The new Republican said, “George Santos doesn’t own any real estate.”

Descendant of Holocaust survivors

On his campaign website, Santos said his mother, Fatima Devolder, is the descendant of refugees who “fleeed Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during World War II.”

Santos also described himself as the “grandson of Holocaust refugees” in a 2020 Twitter post.

However, an investigation The forward found government documents showing that Santos’ maternal grandparents were born in Brazil before World War II.

Speak with CNNsaid genealogist Megan Smolenyak, “There is no evidence of Jewish and/or Ukrainian heritage and no evidence of name changes along the way.”

In response to the allegation, Santos told the New York Post he had described himself as “Jewish” rather than “Jewish”.

He said: “I have never claimed to be Jewish. I am catholic. Because I learned that my maternal family had a Jewish background, I said I was ‘Jewish.’

First openly gay Republican elected to Congress

Santos is the “first openly gay Republican elected to Congress,” according to his official website.

However, a Daily Beast Investigations revealed that Santos was previously married to a woman between 2012 and 2017, which he did not publicly disclose.

Santos confirmed this to the New York Postbut insisted he was “very gay”.

He said: “I’ve dated women in the past. I married a woman. It’s personal things.

“I’m very gay. I am okay with my sexuality. People change. I’m one of those people who change.”

Santos claims he is now married to a man, although no records have been found to prove this. news week contacted Santos and asked for proof of his marital status.


In July 2020, Santos described himself as a “biracial person” on Twitter.

Asked for clarification, he claimed to be “Caucasian and Black.”

Santos hasn’t given details of his black ancestry and it’s unclear where he thinks this fits in. news week has contacted the incoming GOP congressman for clarification.

Mother killed on 9/11

In July 2021, during a Twitter discussion, Santos said, “9/11 claimed my mother’s life.”

However, he contradicted this in a Twitter post the following December, saying his mother had died on December 23, 2016.

He wrote: “December 23rd of this year marks the 5th year that I have lost my best friend and mentor. Mom, you will live in my heart forever.”

A digital obituary released on Dignity Memorial’s website confirms that Fatima Devolder passed away on December 23, 2016.

Santos’ website says his mother “was in her office in the South Tower on September 11, 2001 when that day’s horrific events unfolded,” but survived the attack and died of cancer “a few years later.”

brain tumor

On March 30, 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, an interview with Santos titled “George Santos: A Corona Story” was released on YouTube.

In the video, Santos tells two men, one wearing a Guns and Freedom hat and the other sitting next to a Don’t Tread on Me flag, that he “battled a brain tumor.”

Speaking about his health, Santos said: “I have an immune deficiency and I also have acute chronic bronchitis. I also battled a brain tumor a few years ago and I had radiation which really lowers your immunity in general.”

news week could not find any other recording of Santos speaking about a brain tumor and has reached out to the GOP politician for clarification.

Lost four employees in the Pulse nightclub massacre

During an interview with WNYC Santos claimed four “people who work for me” were killed during the June 2016 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which left 49 dead.

However, the New York Times could not find any evidence linking any of the Pulse shooting victims to companies Santos claimed owned. news week has asked the New York Republican for clarification.

Charitable Foundation

Santos said he started a tax-exempt animal rights group, Friends of Pets United, which has rescued more than 2,500 cats and dogs.

However, the IRS could not find any record of the group’s charitable status, nor could the New York or New Jersey Attorneys General uncover any documentation confirming that Friends of Pets United was registered as a charity.

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Rick Schindler

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