Matt Gaetz’s associate Joel Greenberg, who has been called the Tiger King of tax collectors, allegedly sought sex for politicians, created fake IDs for women he treated as his ‘sugar babies’, tried to hack the computers of those who criticized him and took his clothes off. his wife after she left him.
Gaetz, 38, is under investigation by the Justice Department for his ties to accused sex trafficker Greenberg.
Greenberg, a former tax collector in Seminole Country, Florida, is facing 33 cases, including stalking, identity theft and sex trafficking. On Thursday, his lawyers said the 36-year-old, who is currently in prison for violating his bail, was working with prosecutors and ready to strike a plea deal.
In addition to the charges against Greenberg, the New York Times has revealed many more, including that he allegedly asked women for sex on behalf of politicians, including Gaetz, who has denied all charges against him.
Matt Gaetz’s associate Joel Greenberg (pictured in June 2020), reportedly searched for sex for politicians, created fake IDs for women he treated as his ‘sugar babies’ and burned his wife’s clothes when she left him last year
In addition to the allegations against Greenberg, it has been revealed that Greenberg allegedly asked women for sex on behalf of politicians, including Gaetz. Greenberg is pictured with Roger Stone and Gaetz after dinner together in 2017
Greenberg also allegedly asked a contractor to hack the computers of his provincial commission critics.
Other criminal charges against Greenberg accuse him of using driver’s licenses issued to his office to create false IDs for women with whom he has “a” sugar daddy “relationship,” according to the Times.
He is also charged with defrauding the Small Business Administration on more than $ 432,000 in Covid-19 loans.
Daniel A. Pérez, a lawyer who represented one of Greenberg’s former employees, said of the former official, “It’s as if the Tiger King has been elected tax collector.”
When he was first arrested last summer, Greenberg’s wife left their home for some time.
But in November, the sheriff’s deputies were called to the house after a verbal dispute between the couple, according to the Times.
A few months later, in February, Greenberg reportedly drove to Jupiter, Florida, in search of his wife. Authorities said the trip was in violation of curfews and travel restrictions dependent on his release.
His mother-in-law called the police and when he finally returned home, Greenberg is said to have burned his wife’s clothes.
When he was first arrested last summer, Greenberg’s wife (right) left their home for some time. In February, he reportedly drove to Jupiter in search of his wife, but returned home after his mother-in-law called the police. When he got home, he is said to have burned his wife’s clothes
The revelations come after the House Ethics Committee announced it was opening an investigation into allegations that Gaetz (above) was guilty of “ sexual misconduct and / or illegal drug use, ” shared lewd images on the House floor, and used campaign funds for personal use.
Deputies showed up to arrest him at his home, where Greenberg claimed to have explosives and threatened to injure himself. After hours of negotiation, he surrendered.
The revelations come just days after the House Ethics Committee announced it was opening an investigation into allegations that Gaetz was guilty of “ sexual misconduct and / or illegal drug use, ” shared lewd images on the House floor, and used campaign funds for personal use.
Notably, the Florida congressman has failed to garner the support of even those within his own party in his struggle for survival.
Last week, it was also reported that Gaetz made a late-night transaction with Greenberg in May 2018, with Greenberg subsequently transferring the exact same amount to three women.
The $ 900 transaction, made through the Venmo app, was reported by The everyday beast
Early the next morning, Greenberg transferred a total of $ 900 to three different women – one of whom is now reportedly working as a porn actress. None of the three were under the age of 18 in Florida at the time.
Gaetz named one of the women in his reference for the transaction to his friend, using her nickname. The three transfers from Greenberg to the women were labeled ‘tuition’ and ‘school’.
With Greenberg working with the Justice Department, prosecutors may be able to determine whether Gaetz has violated sex trafficking or prostitution laws.
Greenberg’s attorney, Fritz Scheller, told reporters last week, “I’m sure Matt Gaetz isn’t very comfortable today.”
Scheller was also asked if Greenberg introduced Gaetz to underage girls for sexual relations.
“My apologies, I just can’t answer that question,” Greenberg’s attorney said.
Gaetz, a third-term congressman from Florida, has not been charged with a felony and has vigorously denied the various charges against him, including that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
He called them a ‘lie’.
But the disturbing string of allegations – including the fact that he may have violated federal sex trafficking laws and was involved in a plan to recruit and pay women for sex – has called Gaetz’s political future into question, just as he was seen. as an ever more powerful force. in the Republican Party.