GoFundMe says it removed George Santos fundraiser for a dog and banned his email after he ghosted them
George Santos speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) annual leadership meeting. (David Becker for the Washington Post/via Getty Images)
GoFundMe says it took down a 2016 fundraiser for a dying dog that was linked to George Santos.
They said their trust and safety team could not contact him, and later suspended his account.
GoFundMe told Insider it has a zero tolerance policy for the misuse of its services.
GoFundMe says it suspended George Santos account from its platform in late 2016 and removed a fundraiser he started for a dying dog.
GoFundMe was responding to queries from Insider about a new scandal plaguing Santos. As first reported byPatch, a military veteran isaccusing Santosof taking $3,000 (about R51,000) worth of GoFundMe funds meant for the mans sick dog.
When we received a report of an issue with this fundraiser in late 2016, our trust and safety team sought proof of the delivery of funds from the organiser, GoFundMe told Insider. The platform was responding to Insiders questions on the fundraiser, started by one Anthony Devolder. Devolder is one of Santosknown aliases.
The organiser failed to respond, which led to the fundraiser being removed and the email associated with that account prohibited from further use on our platform, GoFundMe added in its statement.
The platform told Insider that it has a zero tolerance policy for misuse of its services. It added that it cooperates with law enforcement officers who are investigating accusations of wrongdoing.
GoFundMe did not immediately respond to follow-up queries on when the fundraiser was removed.
Rich Osthoff, a veteran who lives in New Jersey, isaccusingSantos of pilfering the GoFundMe funds. Osthoff told Patch that a man named Anthony Devolder started a GoFundMe page for his sick dog, Sapphire, in 2016.
Insider sawon Osthoffs Facebook page from May to July 2016 linked to a GoFundMe page titled, Click here to support sapphire The Veteran rescue! by Anthony Devolder.
GoFundMe confirmed to Insider that the fundraiser raised over $3,000. But Osthoff says Devolder changed tack after the fundraiser hit the $3,000 mark, saying the cash would go to other dogs before eventually ghosting Osthoff altogether.
Questions about the GoFundMe funds join the swirl of lies and controversies surrounding Santos, who has admitted to lying abouthis educationhis heritage, andhis work history.
Santos he has denied knowing Osthoff, calling the Patch story fake in a text message toSemafor.
Osthoff and representatives for Santos did not immediately respond to Insiders requests for comment.
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