A former campaign staffer for Rep. George Santos who impersonated Kevin McCarthy’s chief of staff for donations was just indicted for wire fraud and identity theft

Rep.-elect George Santos, R-New York, speaks at an annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Las Vegas.

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A former fundraiser for GOP Rep. George Santos’ campaign has been indicted by a New York grand jury, charging him with four counts of wire fraud and on count of “aggravated identity theft.”

Prosecutors allege that Sam Miele, who worked with Santos’ 2020 and 2022 campaigns, solicited more than a dozen donations by impersonating someone else without their permission.

While the indictment does not say who, exactly, Miele impersonated, previous reporting from The Washington Times and CNBC notes that Miele took on the identity of Dan Meyer, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s former chief of staff.

The indictment does, however, note that Santos was informed of the deceit in September 2022 via a letter from Miele, where the staffer admitted to “faking my identity to a big donor.”

The Washington Times said in its report that Miele was ultimately fired from his position for impersonating Meyer, though it’s unclear how soon after.



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