Republican Rep. George Santos of New York pleaded not guilty to new criminal wire fraud and identity theft charges, adding to his existing federal theft and money laundering case. The trial is scheduled for September 9, 2024. Santos, who has faced a bipartisan call to resign, has admitted to lying about his employment and education history during his campaign. The new charges accuse him of submitting false campaign finance reports and charging campaign donors’ credit cards without permission. Santos has denied criminal wrongdoing but has been linked to various scandals. His trial precedes a key election in New York’s 3rd congressional district.
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