Alleged sufferer of George Santos fraud: 'Being deceived is a horrible feeling'

A former store clerk from Brazil who was allegedly defrauded by Rep.-elect George Santos (R-N.Y.) commiserated with those that voted for the incoming congressman in an interview with CNN on Wednesday, calling Santos a “skilled liar.”

“I used to be very annoyed,” Bruno Simões instructed CNN of his encounter with Santos practically 15 years in the past. “Being deceived is a horrible feeling.”

Santos allegedly visited the shop the place Simões labored in 2008 and paid for greater than $1,300 in merchandise with two stolen checks, in keeping with CNN. 

When the checks have been revealed to be fraudulent, Simões mentioned the shop’s proprietor demanded that he repay the complete quantity, though his boss would ultimately waive a part of the bills.

“Not like being mugged by somebody with a gun who robs you, you may get offended, however being deceived, being fooled, somebody appearing in unhealthy religion to steal from you, to me, it’s an excellent worse feeling,” Simões mentioned.

Santos confessed to utilizing the cast checks in a social media message to Simões in 2009 and in an announcement to Brazilian police in 2010, in keeping with CNN. Regardless of acknowledging that he “screwed up,” Simões mentioned Santos by no means repaid him. 

The investigation into the incident has remained on maintain for greater than decade, as police have been beforehand unable to find Santos. Nevertheless, Brazilian authorities lately mentioned that they had reopened the case, as Santos’ location grew to become recognized amid scrutiny over his background.

After a report from the New York Instances raised questions on his resume, Santos admitted final week to mendacity about his academic {and professional} background. Regardless of his earlier claims, Santos by no means attended Baruch Faculty and didn’t work for Goldman Sachs or Citigroup.

Santos has additionally come below hearth for claiming to be a “proud American Jew,” after he clarified that he identifies religiously as Catholic.

The incoming congressman from Lengthy Island is at present additionally going through investigations from the district legal professional for Nassau County and the U.S. legal professional’s workplace for the Jap District of New York.

Simões instructed CNN that it was a “mixture of shock and a comical scene” to understand that Santos had been elected to the U.S. Congress.

“I noticed his picture and I remembered very clearly the photographs I had seen of him when he was 19 years previous. I mentioned, ‘How is it doable for a prison, an embezzler, to be elected as a congressman?’ To me that was unbelievable,” he mentioned.

The previous store clerk added that it seems as if Santos “hasn’t realized and remains to be investing on this profession of fraud, faking data and mendacity.”

“Some individuals make errors and remorse them, and others appear to by no means remorse and find yourself dwelling their entire lives as a fraud,” Simões mentioned. “I imagine that’s the case with George.”

Nevertheless, Santos has lately denied any wrongdoing within the Brazilian case.

“I’m not a prison right here — not right here or in Brazil or any jurisdiction on the planet,” he instructed the New York Put up in an interview final week. “Completely not. That didn’t occur.”