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New York Congressman-elect George Santos is being investigated by a New York prosecutor after admitting to "embellishing" his resume, NBC News reported on Wednesday.

"The numerous fabrications and inconsistencies associated with Congressman-Elect Santos are nothing short of stunning. The residents of Nassau County and other parts of the third district must have an honest and accountable representative in Congress," Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said in a statement. "No one is above the law and if a crime was committed in this county, we will prosecute it.”

Santos was the subject of a bombshell investigation published by the New York Times earlier this month and which found much of Santos’ background appeared manufactured, including claims that he had worked for Goldman Sachs and Citigroup and had graduated from Baruch College.

The story also raised questions about how he was able to lend his campaign $700,000 after claiming on a campaign finance form in 2020 that he was making $55,000 per year.

In an interview with the New York Post on Monday, Santos acknowledged fabricating details about his background, saying, “My sins here are embellishing my resume. I’m sorry.”

Santos has also come under fire for falsely claiming to have Jewish heritage. The Forward had questioned a claim on Santos’ campaign website that his grandparents “fled Jewish persecution in Ukraine, settled in Belgium, and again fled persecution during WWII.”

In another story, the site noted that he'd called himself a "proud American Jew" in a position paper that was shared with Jewish and pro-Israel leaders during his campaign.

On Tuesday, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) announced it is banning Santos for falsifying his resume and making misleading statements about having Jewish ancestry.

“We are very disappointed in Congressman-elect Santos. He deceived us and misrepresented his heritage. In public comments and to us personally, he previously claimed to be Jewish. He has begun his tenure in Congress on a very wrong note,” the RJC said. “He will not be welcome at any future RJC event."

In his interview with the Post on Monday, Santos maintained that he still identifies as “Jew-ish” despite reports showing that his grandparents were Catholics born in Brazil.

“I never claimed to be Jewish. I am Catholic. Because I learned my maternal family had a Jewish background I said I was ‘Jew-ish,’” he said.

The New York attorney general’s office said last week that it is “looking into a number of issues” surrounding Santos.

A rep for Santos did not immediately respond to a request for comment.