Reports: Gaetz Seen On Surveillance Video With Alleged Sex Trafficker Looking Through IDs

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Among the latest details to emerge in the ever-growing Matt Gaetz scandal is reporting that the Florida congressman was seen on surveillance video sifting through IDs with former Seminole County tax collector and alleged sex trafficker Joel Greenberg.

Talking Points Memo reports:

CNN reported overnight that an employee at the tax collector’s office once saw Greenberg and Gaetz on an internal surveillance video, looking through driver licenses on a weekend evening.

The Daily Beast and The Orlando Sentinel, meanwhile, reported that surveillance camera footage showed Greenberg and another man in the Lake Mary branch of the tax collector’s office at night.

An employee at that office reportedly arrived on Monday morning to find driver licenses scattered on the desk, instead of in a disposal basket. She told her boss, who asked Greenberg what had happened in a text message. The text, which the Daily Beast said was dated April 16, 2018, was shared with federal investigators last January, the outlets reported.

According to The Daily Beast, the message said: “Did you happen to visit the Lake Mary Office on the weekend?”

“Yes I was showing congressman Gaetz what our operation looked like,” Greenberg reportedly replied. “Did I leave something on?”

It’s unclear if federal investigators have access to that surveillance footage —  Seminole County officials told the Daily Beast and the Orlando Sentinel that surveillance video is deleted after 60 days.

TPM noted that “the reported nighttime rummaging through seemingly discarded ID cards fits with existing allegations against Greenberg.”

As part of the 33 counts — spread across four indictments — against Greenberg, a grand jury alleged that he “used his access to the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office to take surrendered driver licenses before they were shredded.”

What’s more, Greenberg is alleged to have obtained and used the personal information about individuals with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships, according to the indictments.

On September 4, 2017, Greenberg allegedly illegally obtained the name, photograph and driver identification number of the “Minor Victim” discussed in the indictments — a girl between 14 and 17 years old who Greenberg is accused of causing to engage in a commercial sex act sometime between May and November 2017.

Investigators reportedly are working to determine whether Gaetz had sex with the same 17-year-old girl discussed in Greenberg’s case, TPM noted.

In other words: Greenberg is accused of illegally accessing the government information of a 17-year-old girl in 2017, and also of sex trafficking her. And new reporting indicates that authorities are aware of a 2018 text message in which Greenberg acknowledges bringing Gaetz by a branch of the tax collector’s office at night, where an employee later found a mess of IDs scattered on a desk.

Read the full report.

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