Now we have digital receipts and it seems that Congressman Matt Gaetz of the Florida Republican Party and his former tax collector friend do not understand the concepts of “consequences”, “technology”, “digital paper tracing”, “state laws” United States of America, “or, more generally,” ethics “.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump’s ally’s connections to a scheme that included paying for sex, sex trafficking and paying for sex with a minor, according to the New York Times. The Times analyzed the Apple Pay and Cash App receipts that show Gaetz and his friend paying women, who later told their friends it was for sex. The Times also read text messages with more details about the investigation. The Justice Department inquiry was reportedly launched during the last days of the Trump administration.
Gaetz, for his part, denied paying for sex and released a very Trumpian statement on the matter in the New York Times. “Matt Gaetz never paid for sex,” said the newspaper. “Matt Gaetz refutes all disgusting claims completely. Matt Gaetz has never been to any of these sites. Matt Gaetz values the relationships of his past and hopes to marry the love of his life. “
The other honest citizen involved in the sex trafficking charges is Gaetz’s friend and former local Florida tax official, Joel Greenberg (see a friendly photo of these brothers in a tweet below). Elected in 2016, Greenberg resigned in June 2020 after being indicted for pursuing a political rival. The Justice Department added accusations of child sex trafficking to this absolute jewel of a human being’s legal problems in August.
In his short term in office, Greenberg proved to be a member of the Florida brain group, getting involved in a number of potential scandals and illegalities, as the Washington Post reports. The actions themselves range from corrupt to idiotic and disgusting, and Greenberg has made it easier for himself to be caught using and abusing technology without thinking.
The alleged technology-enabled scandals include:
Using public funds to buy a $ 90,000 server room “to benefit a cryptocurrency company he created”, according to the Post. The platform overloaded a circuit breaker in a county building, causing a fire that cost almost $ 7,000 in damage (without insurance). Tidy!
Attempting to convince a police officer not to give you a speeding ticket by displaying your tax collector’s badge, saying it would look bad for a public official. The officer’s body camera, of course, recorded the exchange.
- Accessing a state database to look at the personal info of people he was in a “sugar daddy” relationship with “including a minor victim between the ages of 14 and 17,” also according to the Post report. He also used driver’s licenses discarded at his office to make fake ids for himself, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
- Using his wife’s Snapchat account to track her location while she was trying to get away from him. This caused him to travel across state lines and violate the terms of his bail.
- Creating fake Facebook and Instagram accounts to accuse his political rival — a teacher — of racism. He impersonated other teachers, claiming the rival was a “segregationist.” And just for fun, Greenberg has published plenty of bigoted posts on his own social media channels.
The actions almost sound like a couple of entitled white men grew themselves an inflated sense of untouchability during the period of 2016 to 2020, doesn’t it? I wonder what could have given them that idea. In any case, Congressman Matt Gaetz clearly has really good judgment in tech-savvy friends.
Enjoy the legal shitstorm, Florida man!