Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Santos Met Epstein at PEU Conference

The George Santos insanity tour continues with his statement that he met Jeffrey Epstein.

"I met Epstein in a couple of private equity conferences," Santos said on the conservative podcast "The Rory Sauter Show" in August 2020. "I've never dealt with him personally, but I've met him, I've seen him."

Jeffrey Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and found dead in his jail cell the next month.  Epstein died before digital private equity underwriter Harbor City Capital employed Santos.

Harbor City Capital, reportedly hired Santos in 2020 to recruit investors, and he secured at least one investment in the six-figure range. 

Harbor City Capital was accused of being a ponzi scheme by the SEC.  Santos worked for the firm in 2020 and 2021.  An investor who relied on Santos' representations filed a complaint with the SEC.

Santos "claimed almost no assets or income" in 2020 in his personal financial disclosure for his first Congressional campaign.  It's hard to believe a man with almost no assets or income in 2020 attended private equity conferences when Epstein was alive and working for Apollo founder Leon Black.

What's a little political puffery between PEUs?

Update 2-6-23:   A story on Santos' use of donated funds to his pet "charity" could reveal his Epstein connection:

Santos boasted of his fundraising prowess, saying he was a financial money manager with connections. In reality, he had worked for a Turkey-based hospitality technology company, eventually moving on to work at a small company that organized conferences for investors and fund managers.

Update 3-24-23:  The Hill reported:

Santos will formally confess to defrauding a Rio de Janeiro clerk of $1,300 in clothes and shoes in 2008 and pay damages to the victim