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Rep. George Santos denies taking money from GoFundMe for dying dog

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Rep. George Santos (R-NY) walks into a closed-door GOP caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on January 10, 2023 in Washington, DC.

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Republican Rep. George Santos denied this charge that he started with thousands of dollars he helped raise for a disabled veteran seeking life-saving surgery for his service dog.

Santos, who is already facing bipartisan calls for his resignation, denied the report as “false” in a text traffic lights on Tuesday evening.

“I have no idea who this is,” the New York congressman added in a text to the outlet.

He seemed to be referring to the Richard Osthoff he described Patch.com as a U.S. Navy veteran who was in contact with Santos in 2016 while seeking treatment for Sapphire, his pit bull mix, who had developed a stomach tumor.

Osthoff and another veteran told Patch.com that Santos, who goes by Anthony Devolder — a name Santos has used in the past — set up a GoFundMe through his purported pet charity, Friends of Pets United. The New York Times reported last month that neither the Internal Revenue Service nor the New York and New Jersey attorney general’s offices could find any record of a registered charity with that name.

After the GoFundMe surpassed its $3,000 goal in June 2016, Osthoff said Santos referred him and his dog to a vet in Queens, who said they couldn’t operate on the tumor.

Santos then became elusive, the veteran said. Osthoff said Santos claimed in the last phone call that he moved the money from Sapphire’s GoFundMe to his charity to use “for other dogs” because Osthoff “wasn’t doing things my way,” Patch.com reported.

Santos refused Osthoff’s request to allow him to use the money to take his dog to another vet, according to screenshots of the text messages reported by Patch.

Sapphire died in January 2017, and Osthoff said he had to pay for the dog’s end-of-life services, according to the report.

Spokespeople for Santos did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for further comment.

The report from Patch is the latest in a months-long string of scandalous allegations against the freshman lawmaker, who after winning his congressional race admitted to lying or embellishing key details of his background. He faces local and federal investigations and has been the subject of numerous ethics complaints.

Santos was sworn in this month and rejected calls to give up his seat. He apologized for “embellishing” his resume but said he had committed no crime.

Republicans in New York’s Nassau County, where Santos’s congressional district is located, havHe reprimanded him and called on him to resign. But House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., refused to join these callsechoing Santos’ own argument that the voters of his district should be the ones to decide whether he remains in Congress.

On Tuesday, Santos sat out two House committees.

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