Former Representative George Santos appeared in court on Tuesday morning. Santos attended a status conference to discuss a possible plea deal on fraud charges.
As they came, Santos appeared to be in excellent spirits, smiling and laughing with his attorney.
Santos stated that he had injured his foot and was wearing Ferragamo sneakers rather than his fancy red shoes. When he exited the court, he wasn’t his normal chatty self.
He refused to answer questions about whether there was a plea agreement, instead sipping coffee as he was transported away. He did not discuss the possibility of a guilty plea in court.
Prosecutors admit to being “engaged in plea negotiations with the goal of resolving this matter without the need for a trial.” However, if they are unable to reach an agreement, prosecutors have requested that the trial be moved ahead to the spring.
The court stated that she is likely to preserve the September start date due to the 1.3 million discovery material documents that the defense must evaluate.
Meanwhile, Santos is making major money on Cameo, increasing his charge from $75 to $500 for every message. After being dismissed, he told CBS New York’s Marcia Kramer on “The Point” that he made more money in seven days on Cameo than he did in seven years in Congress.
“A former Kevin McCarthy staffer came up with the idea.” ‘George, you have such a big personality,’ he added as he reached out. “The people adore you,” Santos stated.
Santos has been released on a $500,000 unsecured bond.
Outside the courtroom, he told reporters that all he had to say was “Happy Holidays,” adding, “I wish you guys would stop saying my name.”
Prosecutors informed the judge that they expect plea bargaining to continue, but that no official offer has been offered.
Santos is accused of over two dozen felonies, including wire fraud, identity theft, campaign finance violations, and other offenses contained in a pair of federal indictments handed down earlier this year.
He was kicked out of Congress on December 1. Santos is scheduled to appear in court again on January 23.