Rep. George Santos, a Republican from New York, has revealed his bail backers ahead of an order that went into effect at noon on Thursday demanding the names of the guarantors be released.
They were family members: the lawmaker's father, Gercino Dos Santos, and his aunt, Elma Santos Praven. Santos told ABC News ahead of the ordered release.
They were involved with coming up with the $500,000 bond the Republican used after he was charged on May 10.
That was when a federal grand jury charged Santos, a gay man who’s been caught in multiple lies about his life, with seven counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, two counts of making materially false statements to the U.S. House, and one count of theft of public funds. He was taken into police custody, pleaded not guilty, and was released after posting a $500,000 bond backed by three people acting as guarantors.
Santos’s attorney has sought to keep the names of those guarantors secret, contending that if their identities became public knowledge, they would be subject to harassment, CNBC and other major media sources report. But Judge Joanna Seybert issued an order Tuesday saying a document containing the names will be unsealed at noon Eastern time Thursday.
Several news outlets had asked for the document to be unsealed, and a magistrate judge agreed to do so this month but gave Santos’s legal team a window in which to appeal.