George Santos pleads not guilty to federal indictment and says he won't resign
May 11, 2023
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. - U.S. Rep. George Santos, infamous for fabricating his life story, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges he duped donors, stole from his campaign and lied to Congress about being a millionaire, all while cheating to collect unemployment benefits he didn't deserve.
Afterward, he said he wouldn't drop his reelection bid and defied calls to resign.
Santos' 13-count federal indictment was a reckoning for a web of fraud and deceit that prosecutors say overlapped with the New York Republican's fantastical public image as a wealthy businessman - a fictional biography that began to unravel after he won election last fall.