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    Report: FBI Investigating Santos Fundraiser for Veteran’s Sick Dog

    Report: FBI Investigating Santos Fundraiser for Veteran’s Sick Dog

    YORK — Federal authorities are investigating a veteran's claim that U.S. Rep. George Santos raised $3,000 for life-saving surgery for his pet dog several years ago, then never turned over the money for the animal's care, according to a published report.

    U.S. Navy veteran Richard Osthoff told Politico on Wednesday that two agents contacted him after he went public last month with his story about his experiences with Santos in 2016.

    Osthoff told the news site he gave the agents text messages he exchanged with Santos, who at the time was going by the name Anthony Devolder.

    “I'm glad to get the ball rolling with the bigwigs,” Osthoff said. “I was worried that what happened to me was too long ago to be prosecuted.”

    The local news site Patch reported last month that Osthoff, now 47, was living in a roadside tent in Howell, New , in May 2016 when his pit bull mix, Sapphire, developed a life-threatening stomach tumor.

    A veterinary technician connected Osthoff to Santos' pet charity, Friends of Pets United, Osthoff said. Authorities have said the group was not a registered charity.

    According to Osthoff, Santos set up a GoFundMe account and raised $3,000 for Sapphire's surgery but never turned it over. Sapphire died in 2017.

    Santos, a Republican, has declined to answer questions about the matter and also refused to do so at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.

    In a tweet on Jan. 19, however, he wrote…

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