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Updated on: May 10, 2023 / 4:03 PM / CBS News

Washington — Federal prosecutors have charged Republican Rep. George Santos of New York with fraud, money laundering and other crimes, according to an indictment unsealed Wednesday, a stunning development following months of scrutiny of the freshman congressman that began after lies he told about his background began to unravel.

Santos, 34, was arrested Wednesday morning, the Justice Department said. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York. He was ordered to be released on a $500,000 bond and agreed to surrender his passport.

"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," U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement. "He used political contributions to line his pockets, unlawfully applied for unemployment benefits that should have gone to New Yorkers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic, and lied to the House of Representatives."
What is George Santos charged with?

The 13-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury Tuesday includes

Seven counts of wire fraud,
Three counts of money laundering,
Two counts of making materially false statements to the House of Representatives,
One count of theft of public funds.

If convicted, Santos faces up to 20 years in prison for the most serious charges.

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