Deputy Matt Gaetz is expected to be indicted within the next few weeks, as former Florida official and friend Joel Greenberg is believed to have turned the congressman in the sex trafficking investigation against him, a source close to the DailyMail.com probe tells.
Greenberg, who was elected a Seminole County tax collector in 2016, is currently in prison awaiting trial after being beaten last year with a string of charges, including sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Gaetz is under investigation for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old – who on Thursday reportedly was the same girl Greenberg is accused of sex trafficking. The New York Times
The 38-year-old Florida Republican has furiously denied the allegations, instead insisting they are part of an alleged $ 25 million extortion plot led by former Justice Department official David McGee.
But sources familiar with the case say Gaetz’s claims are merely an attempt to divert attention from his connection to the Greenberg case as the investigation approaches him.
Representative Matt Gaetz is expected to be charged in a matter of weeks in connection with sexual activity with at least one minor, a 17-year-old girl, after the alleged victim told a Florida Grand Jury that she had previously had sex with the conservative Republican. she turned 18, DailyMail.com has learned
Gaetz was reportedly first introduced to the women through Greenberg, who is currently in prison awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Greenberg, Gaetz and Roger Stone took photos together in 2017
“The congressman has disputed and damaged the reputation of someone who has nothing to do with this,” the source told DailyMail.com.
Rest assured that Greenberg sang for the FBI about his friend Matt Gaetz. That’s why Matt is so panicked. ‘
Gaetz’s arrest is said to be imminent after the alleged victim, who has not been named by name, testified before a grand jury in Florida this week saying she had sex with the conservative Republican before she turned 18, DailyMail.com heard of.
The investigation into Gaetz first stemmed from an investigation into Greenberg, who was charged with 14 crimes last summer, including child trafficking, fraud, identity theft and stalking a former political rival.
Greenberg (pictured) was slapped last year with a string of charges, including sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17
Gaetz caught the attention of detectives in January 2020 after they learned he had accompanied Greenberg on an overnight visit to Florida tax authorities in 2018. The everyday beast reported Friday.
Sources told the outlet that Greenberg was caught on surveillance footage while visiting a tax office in Lake Mary, Florida, where he allegedly made false IDs along with another man – who turned out to be Gaetz – over a weekend in April.
The following Monday, an employee arrived to find a driver’s license scattered around a manager’s desk, prompting her to review the camera footage and report it to her boss, who contacted Greenberg.
Greenberg met the women through sugar daddy websites such as SeekingArrangement, researchers believe
When asked if he had visited the office over the weekend, he replied, “Yes, I showed Congressman Gaetz what our operation was like. Did I leave something? ‘
Another text message from September showed that Greenberg had asked an employee to create a duplicate ID for Gaetz instead of going through the appropriate channels.
Amy, is there anyway to help one of our congressmen get a replacement ID or emergency DL before Tuesday 2pm? He was lost yesterday and has a flight on Tuesday. Currently does not carry any other form of ID. Sorry to bother you on Sunday, ”Greenberg wrote.
When the employee asked for the person’s name and date of birth, he replied, “Matthew Louis Gaetz II,” born “May 7, 1982.”
The report comes after new details about the sex trafficking investigation against Gaetz came to light on Thursday, including allegations that he paid women via Apple Pay for ecstasy-based sex in Florida hotels.
Gaetz was reportedly first introduced to the women through Greenberg, who the researchers believe met the women through ‘sugar daddy’ websites, including SeekingArrangement, where wealthy men pay women in gifts, travel, fine dining, and allowances. in exchange for a date with them.
Gaetz accused David McGee, a lawyer with the law firm Beggs & Lane and the former chief attorney for the DOJ’s Organized Crime Task Force, of trying to extort millions from him and his family in exchange for clearing up sex trafficking allegations on Fox News Tuesday
Greenberg then introduced the women to Gaetz who also reportedly had sex with them.
The Cash App and Apple Pay receipts for mobile payments show that both Gaetz and Greenberg sent payments to one woman and Greenberg to a second woman, the Times reported.
Sources said the women said the payments were for sex with Gaetz and Greenberg. Another person said that the men also sometimes paid in cash.
The rendezvous took place in 2019 and 2020, according to the Times.
The two men were pictured together on social media with Roger Stone, who was convicted of lying to Congress in 2017.
Gaetz denies ever paying anyone for sex and has not been charged with any crime.