It’s not just Lyin’ Rep. George Santos who finds himself buried in legal trouble, but his top aide was just indicted. Samuel Miele, a fundraiser for Santos’s campaign, was indicted on Wednesday for allegedly impersonating House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s former chief of staff to raise money.
USA Today reports:
Miele was accused of using an email account bearing the name of the aide to send fraudulent fundraising solicitations to potential contributors for Santos around the span between August 2021 and December 2021, according to the indictment. He also allegedly signed emails with the aide’s name.
USA TODAY and multiple other news outlets have reported that Miele previously identified himself as the chief of staff for House Speaker McCarthy, R-Calif., though the Wednesday indictment does not name the aide.
Through the scheme, the indictment alleges that Miele solicited contributions from more than a dozen contributors. For his efforts, he allegedly received a commission of 15% of each contribution.
Miele is accused of sending a message last September to Santos in which he admitted to faking his identity to a big donor but stated that he was “high risk, high reward in everything I do,” the indictment notes.
Miele fits in well with the Republican party. The Long Island fabulist’s aide was charged with four counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Santos was indicted in May for seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, one count of theft of public funds, and two counts of lying to Congress.
Republicans should open up their own wing at Leavenworth so they can hang out with each other. It’s better than passing notes from cell to cell.