Gay Republican Rep. George Santos of New York, who faces mounting legal problems over his past lies, accepted a campaign donation from a foreign national who is a confessed human trafficker, according to a new investigation by The Daily Beast.Rocco Oppedisano, an Italian national, was expelled from the United States in January 2019.
He was later found to be smuggling undocumented Chinese and Bahamian migrants as well as $200,000 in cash toward Florida. Oppedisano's family owns a popular restaurant in Queens.
His brother, Joseph, and niece, Tina, are the principal owners and friends of Santos, the outlet reports.Authorities charged Oppedisano not only with smuggling the immigrants but also with trying to re-enter the U.S.
illegally. As part of a plea agreement, he only pleaded guilty to the smuggling. Tina, Joseph, and Tina’s fiancé were appointed to the Small Businesses for Santos Coalition.