Another George Santos campaign aide has pleaded guilty to federal charges.
Sam Miele — a campaign fundraiser who worked for the Santos campaign during the 2020 and 2022 election cycles — pleaded guilty to a federal wire fraud charge as part of a plea deal Tuesday.
Miele admitted to impersonating a senior aide to former Speaker Kevin McCarthy to solicit donations to Santos’ campaign in late 2021. But he did not plead guilty to identity theft as part of the plea agreement.
The guilty plea will increase the pressure on Santos, as a House Ethics Committee report is expected to be made public this week.
Santos is currently defending himself against 23 federal charges and denies any wrongdoing.
Miele’s sentencing is set for April 30, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney.
Last month, a former treasurer for Santos’ campaign, Nancy Marks, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud conspiracy and implicated Santos in a scheme to exaggerate his campaign finance reports with fake donations and a fake loan.