As His Life of Fantasy Comes Into Focus, George Santos Goes to Washington

January 03, 2023

George Santos (R-N.Y.) addresses a Republican Jewish Coalition meeting in Las Vegas on Nov. 19, 2022. He has not answered telephone calls, text messages or emails asking him to respond to the Times’ reporting. Vilarva met Santos in 2014, when he was 18 and Santos was 26. The betrayal prompted him to plug Santos’ name into a search engine, where he found that Santos was wanted by Brazilian police. © 2023 The New York Times Company