Gates paid the accused sex trafficker.

Getty, Seminole County

Getty, Seminole County

In two midnight Venmo deals in May 2018, Congressman Matt Gaetz sent his friend a sexual trafficker. Joel Greenberg, $ 900. The next morning, for eight minutes, Greenberg used the same app to send different amounts to three young women. In total, the transaction has reached $ 900.

First note field Gates’ deal with Greenberg It 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 Gates.

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Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, is currently being charged by the federal government on 33 charges, including a 17-year-old sexual trafficking crime. According to court documents, Greenberg was “engaged in a’sugar daddy’relationship.”And New York Times A Justice Department investigation says it is investigating Gates’ involvement in cash rings for sex.

Both Gates and Greenberg are connected to the woman, who was 18 at the time, through Venmo. This woman is currently working in the porn industry.And on Thursday, Greenberg’s lawyers and prosecutors said Greenberg during a court hearing. Make a judicial transaction, Probably means he is planning to work with an investigator.

It can be potentially disastrous for Gates as investigators investigate the relationship between these two men. And one of the most pitiful relationships is their financial transactions.

This week, during the report of this story, Gates’ list of once published Venmo transactions 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.

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Greenberg and Gaetz are also connected at Venmo with at least one other woman Greenberg paid with taxpayer funds using a government-issued credit card. 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.

“No one knows what he was doing. 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. I’ve never seen them so bad.”

O’Keefe was particularly confused by weekend costs, hotels, unspecified high “consulting” fees, and cash advance payments Greenberg made to himself and others. The Daily Beast compares Greenberg’s credit card statements and Venmo transactions with election funding reports, Instagram posts, Gaetz’s expense and travel records edited through Venmo, and two timelines in several key locations. And found that the contact circles are duplicated.

Gates and Greenberg share a Venmo connection with at least two women paid by Greenberg, both of whom have a professional relationship with each other.

In 2018, Greenberg also used a taxpayer-backed Seminole County-issued Wells Fargo Visa card to another woman who is a common friend of Getz, according to the county’s financial records obtained by The Daily Beast. I paid thousands of dollars. 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, New York Times The Justice Department reported that a 17-year-old girl was investigating Gaetz for traveling with him across state boundaries and inducing her sexual abuse. This is a violation of the Federal Child Sexual Abuse Act. The investigation reportedly dates back to last summer, which resulted from an ongoing Greenberg TimesThe two men reportedly had sex with the same 17-year-old girl and trafficked.

Third-term Republicans acknowledged 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 Editorial At the conservative Washington Examiner 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 — Trump expert and former contestant apprentice— The lawyer added, “We are closely monitoring your coverage.”

Also, another Logan Circle Group employee, Harlan Hill, was sent by CC in the email. Banned from Fox News After calling now-Vice President Kamala Harris is “an intolerable liar bitch.”

Greenberg’s defense counsel, Fritz Scheller, also did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, at a press conference after the case was heard, Scheller offered that Florida State Capitol would probably not welcome the news that Greenberg was conducting a judicial transaction.

“I’m sure Matt Gaetz doesn’t feel very comfortable today,” Scheller said.

-Updated with comments from Gates.

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