- Nancy Marks, former aide to Rep. George Santos, pled guilty to submitting false campaign finance reports.
- Marks admitted to falsely reporting a $500,000 loan to the campaign and providing a list of fabricated donors.
- The plea deal suggests a prison sentence of 3 1/2 to 4 years for Marks, with no obligation to cooperate against Santos.
A significant development has emerged in the legal troubles surrounding Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y. On Thursday, Nancy Marks, a former key aide to Santos, admitted guilt to a federal conspiracy charge.
She’s now potentially looking at a four-year stint behind bars for the deliberate submission of deceptive campaign finance documentation.
Standing in a Long Island federal court, Marks, who managed finances for Santos’ 2020 and 2022 congressional campaigns, unveiled the deceitful undertakings.
She disclosed that she and Santos had dishonestly reported a fictitious loan of $500,000 to the campaign—a loan that didn’t genuinely exist.
Marks elaborated, stating the motive behind the ruse was “to give the impression his campaign was well-funded” with the aim of drawing in more contributors.
But that wasn’t the end of her admissions. Marks also fessed up to feeding the Federal Elections Commission fabricated names of donors—individuals who never actually donated and whose names were used without their consent.
Interestingly, the plea deal, as outlined by the Associated Press, doesn’t mandate Marks to assist in the ongoing case against Santos.
It’s worth noting that earlier this year, the congressman faced an indictment over allegations of siphoning money from his campaign coffers, submitting false financial details to Congress, and illegitimately claiming unemployment benefits.
Post-plea, Marks’ legal counsel painted a picture of a manipulated individual, asserting outside the courthouse that Santos had “mentally seduced” her.
He delved deeper into Marks’ vulnerability, hinting at “a manipulation involved that had to do with her family and the death of her husband.”
The attorney then raised eyebrows by suggesting that, if called upon, Marks would not hesitate to testify against Santos.
In the wake of the revelations about Santos fabricating aspects of his biography and background, Marks vacated her position as his campaign treasurer earlier this year.
Subsequently, Santos decided to personally handle the campaign’s financial reins.
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