In the Press
May 11, 2023

Rep. George Santos Fraud Case Clear-Cut, ‘Easy to Prove’, Say Former Prosecutors, Legal Experts (NY Daily News)

Federal prosecutors are presenting a straightforward fraud case against Rep. George Santos, and that doesn’t leave the lying Long Island lawmaker much wiggle room, legal experts and former public corruption prosecutors tell the NY Daily News. “Any scheme where there are lies to get money to enrich yourself in some way is likely going to be something that can be prosecuted using the wire fraud statute,” said Government Investigations & Enforcement and White Collar Defense partner James Gatta, who once ran the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office public integrity section and later, its criminal division. He described the fraud charges as “easy for juries to understand.” He continued, “it’s a very straightforward way for federal prosecutors to charge defendants with lying to enrich themselves. There are more specific elements that need to be checked off when charging various federal election crimes.”