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Gates paid the accused sex trafficker.
Getty, Seminole County In two midnight Venmo deals in May 2018, Congressman Matt Gates sent his friend, sexual trafficker Joel Greenberg, $ 900. The next morning, for eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send different amounts to three young women. There were a total of $ 900 in transactions. The memo field for Gates’ first transaction with Greenberg was titled “Test.” Second, Florida Republicans wrote “hit up ___”. However, Gates wrote a nickname for one of the recipients instead of a blank. (The Daily Beast doesn’t share that nickname because teens only turned 18 within six months.) Later, when Greenberg paid Benmo to these three young women. , He spends the money on “tuition fees,” “schools,” and “schools.” The Daily Beast examined these records as a scandal rooted in a criminal case against Greenberg and swallowed Getz. A strange friendship that could beat Matt Getz Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, now has 33 cases, including a 17-year-old sex trafficking crime charged by the federal government. According to court documents, Greenberg was “engaged in a’sugar daddy’relationship.” Also, according to the New York Times, a Judiciary study is investigating Gates’ involvement in the sex industry. Both Gates and Greenberg connect with an 18-year-old woman currently working in the porn industry through Venmo. , According to a girl friend. And on Thursday, Greenberg’s lawyers and prosecutors showed in a court hearing that they expected Greenberg to bargain, perhaps that he plans to work with investigators. Means. .. And one of the worst relationships is their financial transactions. This week, during the report of this story, Gates’ once published list of Venmo deals disappeared. Greenberg’s Venmo account is currently not open to the public. However, The Daily Beast was able to obtain a partial record of Greenberg’s past online transactions through the source. Republicans were waiting for a Matt Gaetz scandal to Blake Greenberg and Gates is also connected by Venmo with at least one other woman Greenberg paid with taxpayer funds Government-issued credit cards. Seminole County auditors have flagged hundreds of these payments as “suspicious or unexplained” and have found a total of more than $ 300,000 in suspicious or unreasonable costs. The Daily Beast was able to obtain its credit card data through a request for public records. “Zero,” said Daniel J. O’keeffe, an accountant who conducted a court audit of the county. “The arrogance of these people. They just felt they were out of the law. O’keeffe paid for weekends, hotels, unspecified high” consulting “fee, Greenberg himself and others. I was particularly confused by the cash advance loan I went to. The Daily Beast compares Greenberg’s credit card statements and Venmo transactions with campaign financial reports, Instagram posts, Gaetz costs and travel records edited through Venmo, with two timelines in several key locations. I found a duplicate contact circle. Gaetz and Greenberg share a Venmo relationship with at least two women paid by Greenberg, both of whom have a professional relationship with each other. -According to the county’s financial records obtained by The Daily Beast, we have issued a Wells Fargo Visa card. The auditor flagged the deal, saying, “I don’t know what it’s for,” even though I have a contract and an invoice from the company. Last week, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department was investigating Getz, who allegedly made 17 payments. -The act of traveling with him across state boundaries and having her have sex-The act of violating federal child sexual trafficking law. The investigation reportedly dates back to last summer, which resulted from an ongoing Greenberg investigation. According to The Times, the two men had sex with the same 17-year-old girl and trafficked. A third-term Republican admitted the investigation, but denied the allegations. “I was 17 when I last had a sexual relationship with 17” to The Daily Beast in a midnight text message on March 31st. And in a conservative Washington Examiner editorial last weekend, Gates claimed that he “never paid women for sex.” Matt Gaetz said his “travel record” exonerated him. Not so fast. Gates has not been charged with a crime, and Gates’ parliamentary office refused to comment directly on the story. Instead, a representative from an external public relations firm, Logan Circle Group, responded with this statement from Gates. “Rumors, gossip, and self-serving misrepresentations of others will eventually be dealt with by my legal team.” Logan Circle’s Erin Elmore, a Trump advocate expert and former Apprentice contestant, said. The lawyer added, “We are closely monitoring your coverage.” From Fox News after calling Vice President Kamala Harris “an intolerable liar bitch.” Greenberg’s lawyer, Fritz Scheller, also did not immediately respond to the request for comment. But at a press conference after the case was heard, Mr Scheller said Florida State Capitol would probably not welcome the news that Mr Greenberg was in a judicial deal. — Updated with comments from Gates. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get top news in your inbox every day. Sign up now! DailyBeast Membership: Beast Inside digs deeper into the stories that matter to you. learn more.