Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Prosecutors in Brazil reopening criminal fraud case against George Santos


Brazilian authorities are reopening a criminal fraud case against Rep.-elect George Santos (R-N.Y.) from more than a decade ago and seeking his response, adding to the local and federal investigations already ongoing in the United States following the revelations of the false statements he has made about himself.

A spokesperson for Rio de Janeiro’s prosecutor’s office told The New York Times that police had been unable to locate Santos, but with his location known, the office will request the Justice Department formally notify him of the charges. 

Santos reportedly entered a small clothing store in Niterói, a city outside Rio de Janeiro, shortly before his 20th birthday in 2008 and spent almost $700 using a stolen checkbook and a fake name, according to court records. 


  1. “Prosecutors in Brazil reopening criminal fraud case against George Santos” Bravo. More interesting if Santos stole violating thou shalt not steal than if Santos lied. This week’s parsha veyechi we could ask did Jacob lie? Genesis 48:5 “And now thy two sons, who were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh, even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine.”
    Reuven and Simeon were born to Leah, the first of Jacob’s 4 wives. Ephraim and Manasseh were born to Osnath, the wife of Joseph. Joseph showed Jacob the Kethubah when he married Osnath. Joseph was born in Padan Aram to Rachel. Rachel died in Israel when delivering Benjamin 48:7-9 “And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died unto me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some way to come unto Ephrath; and I buried her there in the way to Ephrath—the same is Beth-lehem. And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said: Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father: They are my sons, whom God hath given me here. And he said: Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.”

    One could make the case Jacob lied about his 4 wives and 12 sons. Lying is not a crime. One could explain away a lie. Stealing is a crime. Can’t explain away taking from the next what is not yours to take. Follow? Yes I’m waiting for a ruling in both NYS Court of Appeals and NYS Appellate Division Second Department on my pension which I’m getting only 45% with no end in sight.

  2. Meanwhile Biden is still trying to figure out how to give nukes to Iran but hey, why focus on that?

  3. “criminal fraud” Allow me Daf Hyomi just now, my theory.
    Nedarim 78b;
    “R. Hanina said: He who keeps silence [when his wife vows] in order to provoke her [Intending to annul the vow eventually, but keeping silence in the meantime to vex his wife, who may wish to be freed] can annul even after ten days.”

    The magid shir, Rabbi Yeshiyah Schechter, says this is not halacha as the Gamara shows. My theory, R. Haninah is beautiful. Applies only where wife makes a vow out loud for her husband to hear yet in the wife’s heart she wants to be free of the vow.

    Of course what she says out loud stands despite at the time she had the opposite thought.

    R. Haninah allows the husband to attempt to teach the wife a lesson not to make vows. Follow?

    Plain reading of the laws of vows Numbers 30:7-9 “And if she be married to a husband, while her vows are upon her, or the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; and her husband hear it, whatsoever day it be that he heareth it, and hold his peace at her; then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. But if her husband disallow her in the day that he heareth it, then he shall make void her vow which is upon her, and the clear utterance of her lips, wherewith she hath bound her soul; and the Lord will forgive her.”

    I like Rabbi Haninah. He allows 10 days beyond “if her husband disallow her in the day that he heareth it”, but only in the case where the wife in heart never really wanted the vow. Beautiful.


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