Who paid the bond to get this Republican out of jail and back in Congress? He’s not telling — at least not willingly.
Someone paid to cover George Santos’ $500k bond on charges that he embezzled funds from supporters, and in a new filing, he says he’d rather go to jail than have the public find out who.
The judge isn’t buying it, though, and has ordered the release of the names.
In a new letter, Santos’ attorney argued that the information is dangerous, and says that the co-signers on the bond should instead be allowed to withdraw, and Santos would willingly return to detainment.
The request to unseal the names of three individuals who co-signed for Santos’ release comes from several news organizations and argues that — when the Congressman is accused of financial crimes, including defrauding his donors and the government — it’s a matter of public interest to know who is giving him financial support.
Santos, accused of lying on Congressional documents regarding his finances, fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits, and fraudulently taking political contributions for personal use, has now officially responded and he pleaded with the court to keep these names secret.
His attorney said: “In fact, if the suretors are required to be identified, we respectfully request that the Court allow the suretors notice before the court releases their information so that they can withdraw as cosignors on the bond and Rep. Santos and I will appear before Your Honor forthwith.”
“My client would rather surrender to pretrial detainment than subject these suretors to what will inevitably come.”
The judge in the case rejected the plea in short order, and the names will be unsealed, according to Bloomberg Law.
Santos was indicted last month and voluntarily appeared for processing.
He has denied any wrongdoing, and maintains that he’ll prove himself innocent.
Of course, Santos also says he’s innocent of the allegations that he was the driving force behind a credit card skimming scheme in Seattle in 2017, though his former roommate, convicted and deported for his role in the scheme has implicated him, according to CNN.
Meanwhile, he’s admitted to the theft of a checkbook belonging to an elderly patient in Brazil and even agreed last month to pay restitution — attending his court date by video link, rather than being extradited or otherwise traveling back to Rio de Janeiro to face the music in person.