In a 2016 housing court affidavit, Rep.-elect George Santos claimed he was robbed on his way to pay hundreds of dollars in back rent to his Queens landlord during an eviction case. The NYPD has no record of such an attack.
Report from the New York Report Gothamist revealed that Mr. Santos wrote that he was robbed on his way to deliver a rent check to Queens Housing Court on January 15, 2016 in an attempt to resolve his case.
The Republican wrote that he was “unable to provide a police report” and was told to return to police several days later to pick one up, according to an affidavit filed under oath.
Mr. Santos was to pay $2,250 in rent for his Queens apartment.
An NYPD spokesman told the agency there was nothing on file related to Mr. Santos’ allegations.
The New York Times it also reported that Mr. Santos faced two other eviction cases in 2014 and 2017.
A report from The New York Post he also claims he destroyed a separate apartment in Queens, which he left with his sister earlier this year after renting it for two years.
“They had four dogs and they did a lot of damage to the place, so they left,” owner Nancy Pothos told the report.
In the 2016 case, Mr. Santos agreed to vacate his apartment on Dec. 24, 2015, and pay any rent payments due, though it’s unclear if he ever did.
According to court records reviewed by gothamist, Mr Santos signed a one-year lease that expired in September 2015, but remained in the property in November of that year and owed the landlord $2,250. The landlord began eviction proceedings that month.
The report follows a long list of recently uncovered fabrications and outright lies in both his professional resume and life experiences, including false claims about his education, career, property portfolio and the death of his mother.
In November, New York voters elected Mr. Santos to represent the state’s 3rd congressional district, which spans parts of Long Island and Queens.
He has resisted calls to resign and is set to officially take up his duties in January.
Five years after he claimed in court that his check was stolen, Mr. Santos he tweeted in defense of “#rightsowners”. This week, Mr. Santos admitted that The New York Post that he does not own any property. He currently lives with his sister.
“Will we owners ever be able to get our property back?” wrote in February 2021. “My family and I [sic] approaching 1 year since not receiving rent in 13 properties!!! The state collects their taxes, but we get 0 help from the government. We worked hard to get these assets… Now it’s almost like we’re being punished. I hope that the [sic] my Senate can see how much harm they are causing us.”