Saturday, March 25, 2023

Republican Crime Blotter: Santos To Admit Guilt In Fraud Case



Justice, of a sort, has come for Republican pathological liar (no, not the Malignant Loser) Rep. George "Devolder / Kitara" Santos (Trumper-NY) in ... Brazil:

Prosecutors in Brazil have agreed to a deal with Rep. George Santos in a case in which he is accused of defrauding a Rio de Janeiro area clerk of $1,300 over clothes and shoes in 2008, documents obtained by CNN show.

A petition from Santos’ attorney requesting a deal says Santos would agree to formally confess to the crime and pay damages to the victim, a Rio de Janeiro area clerk, as is required under Brazilian law.

A memo from prosecutors agreeing to the deal last week asked the defense for assurances they have the ability to contact the victim to repay him before the deal is finalized.

In a statement to CNN, the prosecutors’ office acknowledged the memo but stressed that the deal is not final until all conditions are met.

The petition from Santos’ attorney, filed in January, requests a non-prosecutorial agreement in lieu of a trial for his client, arguing that Santos is now gainfully employed and “re-socialized.” The petition also requested permission for Santos to be contacted by the court via email or phone, and participate in the proceedings via videoconference.

You may recall, in an interview in December with Rupert's New York Post, Santos claimed he hadn't committed any crime "in Brazil, or in any jurisdiction in the world."  You could have taken that to the bank (maybe SVB)!

Santos still faces criminal investigations by the State of New York and by the Federal Government (including an investigation by the the House Ethics Committee).  We'll see if the "rule of law" means something more in Brazil than it does here.

(Photo:  Would he lie to you?/ Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

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