The Miami Herald reports:
The managing partner of a diner where the campaign reported spending more than $200 over back-to-back days said he had no receipts matching items on the campaign reports. A $199.99 stay at the high-end W South Beach hotel — where room rates are typically more than $700 per night — was flagged as improbable, “barring some type of private insider rate that would raise other serious violations of federal campaign finance law.”
Even his payments at a public beachside parking lot on Miami Beach, where the campaign listed payments as small as $3 and as big as $100, were deemed puzzling by the city’s parking department. On Oct. 13, filings say the campaign picked up a $199.99 tab at Miami Diner. But the restaurant doesn’t have any record of a check for that amount. Receipts from that day showed no table spent more than $127.35, including tip.
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There’s much more, including an expense for a separate hotel stay on days when Santos was known to be in New York. Oh, and the Herald has uncovered a since-deleted tweet in which Santos claimed to be a “part time resident” of Sunny Isles, a posh barrier island town north of Miami Beach. Other outlets have questioned Santos’ list of dozens of expenses at $199.99, one penny less than the threshold which requires an accompanying receipt.
NEW: George Santos reported meals at a Miami Beach diner. The diner found no record of them.
He reported parking at a Miami Beach lot. The city says the dollar amounts would be impossible.
Retracing Santos’ steps in South Florida:https://t.co/yY6xQvAGso
— Aaron Leibowitz (@aaron_leib) January 30, 2023