Former treasurer Nancy Marks pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge on Thursday. Marks, who worked for Republican candidate George Santos, allegedly filed the names of false donors to Santos’ congressional campaign. Federal prosecutors claim that Marks did so to inflate the amount of campaign donations Santos appeared to have amassed, in order to qualify for national party support.
Prosecutors stated that Marks falsely reported the names of Marks’ and Santos’ family members as contributors, falsely indicating that they had lent the campaign $500,000. However, these family members did not possess the financial means to make such contributions. Marks admitted to federal prosecutors that these reports were created to artificially inflate the campaign’s funds.
Marks’ attorney, Raymond Perini, mentioned that his client does not currently have a cooperation agreement with the government, but she would comply if subpoenaed. Marks is scheduled to be sentenced in April.
Marks resigned from Santos’ team in January amidst reports of multiple controversies surrounding his campaign finances. She has been involved in Republican politics on Long Island for many years, having worked for various political committees and campaigns.
United States Attorney Breon Peace stated that Marks’ guilty plea confirms her involvement in a conspiracy to deceive the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and the public about Santos’ campaign finances. The scheme involved falsely inflating the reported receipts with non-existent contributions and loans.