According to Trelha, the scheme involved himself, Santos and a third roommate, Leide Oliveira Santos, who all participated in stealing ATM card data and passwords from unsuspecting victims. George Santos, Trelha claims, was the mastermind behind the operation. “Santos taught me how to skim card information and how to clone cards,” Trelha declared, adding that Santos “gave me all the materials and taught me how to put skimming devices and cameras on ATM machines.” Trelha was arrested in Seattle in April 2017 after a security camera filmed him removing a card-skimming device from an ATM. He claimed Santos visited him in jail and told him not to report Santos’ involvement in the scheme; Santos allegedly threatened Trelha’s family in Florida to keep him quiet. Santos was questioned in the case but was never charged with any crime. He even testified in Trelha’s bail hearing, where Santos lied that he worked for the financial firm Goldman Sachs, one of many lies Santos repeated during his campaign for Congress.