New York Republican Rep. George Santos made headlines late last year after a New York Times exposé revealed that many details about his career and personal life were fabricated.
However, controversy has now extended to Santos fundraiser Samuel Miele, with The Hill reporting that he has been indicted.
According to the website, Miele's indictment was brought on Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Brooklyn, which hit him with four counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Miele is accused of having impersonated a top aide to a member of House leadership while seeking funds for Santos' 2020 and 2022 congressional campaign.
Samuel Miele, a fundraiser for embattled Rep. George Santos, was indicted on allegations he had impersonated a top aide to a member of House leadership while soliciting donations for Santos’s campaign. https://t.co/NJCvYFxRXm
— The Hill (@thehill) August 17, 2023
While the aide in question was not identified, The Hill cited a complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) by the left-wing advocacy group End Citizens United which mentioned Dan Meyer.
Meyer previously served as chief of staff under Speaker Kevin McCarthy during McCarthy's tenure as House minority leader.
"Federal law states that no person shall fraudulently misrepresent themselves as acting on behalf of a candidate or an agent of a candidate for the purpose of soliciting contributions," it stated.
"Respondents appear to have violated this well-established prohibition, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Santos’s congressional campaign under false pretenses," the complaint continued.
Miele's indictment came roughly a month and half after a Department of Justice press release announced that his boss had been indicted on 13 felony charges.
They include seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives.
"This indictment seeks to hold Santos accountable for various alleged fraudulent schemes and brazen misrepresentations," United States Attorney Breon Peace was quoted as saying.
"Taken together, the allegations in the indictment charge Santos with relying on repeated dishonesty and deception to ascend to the halls of Congress and enrich himself," Peace continued.
"My Office and our law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively root out corruption and self-dealing from our community’s public institutions and hold public officials accountable to the constituents who elected them," the United States attorney concluded.