Prosecutors in Representative George Santos’s fraud case are seeking a delay, saying they continue “to discuss possible paths forward in this matter.”
(Bloomberg) — Prosecutors in Representative George Santos’s fraud case are seeking a delay, saying they continue “to discuss possible paths forward in this matter.”
Assistant US Attorney Ryan Harris said in a letter to the court Tuesday that Santos needed more time to review the “voluminous” evidence in the case and that, in addition, prosecutors and Santos’s lawyers have been engaged in “discussions.” It isn’t clear if the embattled New York Republican is in talks to reach an agreement under which he would plead guilty.
In a text message to Bloomberg News, Santos called any talk of a plea deal “speculative.”
Santos, 35, pleaded not guilty in May. He faces as many as 20 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charges of wire fraud and money laundering, according to the US. He was scheduled to be back in court Sept. 7, but Harris has asked for a delay until Oct. 27.
Joseph Murray, a lawyer for Santos, didn’t return voicemail and email messages seeking comment on the filing. A spokesman for Brooklyn US Attorney Breon Peace didn’t return a call seeking comment.
The case is US v. Santos, 23-cr-197, US District Court, Eastern District of New York (Long Island).
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