A Brazilian housewife is accused of having controversial Republican Congressman Jorge Santos drain her bank account and steal her jewelry in an interview with the nation’s largest broadcaster this week.
Adriana Damasceno told Globo’s “O Fantastico” program that she met Santos and his mother, Fatima Devolder, at a bingo hall in the city of Niteroi where Santos lived at the time.
In 2011, Damasceno said she accompanied Santos on a trip to the US where he allegedly drained thousands from her bank account on a shopping spree. She also accused him of taking her jewelry.
“I just want someone to stop him,” said Damasceno, who said she lost her home as a result of the alleged thefts and now lives in a slum. “It’s not going to stop. Anthony is a dangerous person when cornered. He walks all over the world. It won’t stop.”
Santos, 34, was known by several other aliases, including Anthony Devolder.
Damasceno told the news show that she did not go to the police because she feared Santos would simply return to the US to avoid prosecution. “He has dual citizenship,” he said.
The embattled congressman, caught in a web of lies, defeated Democrat Robert Zimmerman by nearly 22,000 votes in the race to represent the Third District based in Nassau County and Queens. He was sworn in earlier this month.