Joel Greenberg says Matt Gaetz paid for sex with minor in confession to Roger Stone
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Matt Gaetz, Joe Greenberg, Ron DeSantis
The Daily Beast said the letter was sent in an attempt to secure a pardon.

U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women including one that was under 18 at the time, according to a leaked letter showing Joel Greenberg has been squealing on his once-friend and apparent sex buddy.

The Daily Beast reports the former Seminole County Tax Collector confessed in a letter about sharing sexual partners with the Panhandle Congressman. The multiple women involved include a girl who was 17 at the time. The same girl is believed to be at the center of sex trafficking allegations against Gaetz and Greenberg.

According to The Beast, which has obtained a copy of the letter, Greenberg confirms a number of details previously reported by numerous outlets.

“On more than one occasion, this individual was involved in sexual activities with several of the other girls, the congressman from Florida’s 1st Congressional District and myself,” Greenberg reportedly wrote.

“From time to time, gas money or gifts, rent or partial tuition payments were made to several of these girls, including the individual who was not yet 18. I did see the acts occur firsthand and Venmo transactions, Cash App or other payments were made to these girls on behalf of the Congressman.”

The confession was sent to Roger Stone, an on-and-off informal adviser to former President Donald Trump, in an apparent effort to secure a pardon from the outgoing President.

Greenberg apparently also communicated with Stone using the Signal mobile app, an encrypted service where messages are set to disappear. A screen-grabbed message from Stone suggests he may have been willing to pay for access to the President. “I hope you are prepared to wire me $250,000 because I am feeling confident,” Stone wrote to Greenberg, after Greenberg reportedly messaged him asking if that amount would “help.”

“I understand all of this and have taken it into consideration,” Stone replied. “I will know more in the next 24 hours I cannot push too hard because of the nonsense surrounding pardons.”

The Beast said that message was sent around Jan. 13, at a time when Gaetz was arguing publicly Trump should offer blanket pardons to anyone associated with the administration.

In a text message to The Daily Beast, Stone reportedly said Greenberg tried to hire him to assist with a pardon, but he denied asking for or receiving payment or interceding on his behalf. The publication said Stone did confirm he had Greenberg prepare “a document explaining his prosecution.”

There were reportedly multiple versions of Greenberg’s confession — two typed and one hand-written, according to the Beast. The publication sought expert opinion from Certified forensic document examiner Wendy Carlson to confirm whether the hand-written confession matched other hand-written documents from Greenberg obtained through public records requests.

“The person who authored the forms has been identified as the person who authored the letter,” Carlson told the Beast.

Notably, Greenberg in the letter indicates both he and Gaetz believed the girl they both had sex with to be 19, and said he advised after learning her age that the Congressman stay away from her.

“She apologized and recognized that by lying about her age, she endangered many people,” he continued. “There was no further contact with this individual until after her 18th birthday.”

But after she turned 18, Gaetz reportedly resumed contact with the girl.

About five months after her 18th birthday, Gaetz sent Greenberg $900 in two Venmo transactions. One was titled “Test” and the other “hit up ___,” with the nickname the two used for the girl redacted due to her age, The Daily Beast previously reported. Greenberg then paid her and two other women a total of $900 about six hours after Gaetz’s payment.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • tom palmer

    April 29, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    So, we have the Traci Lords defense?

  • PeterH

    April 30, 2021 at 11:44 am

    When Hillary Clinton called these fake patriots a “basket of deplorables” ….. she was on the mark.

    In prior decades most Americans called the “bubbas” …… and that also works.

  • Duncan Lennox

    April 30, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Hopefully Roger Stone will be pulled into jail along with Gaetz & Greenberg. But this is Florida that has just past Jim Crowe voting restrictions so maybe not.

  • Harold Finch

    April 30, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Gaetz is a total scumbag!!!

  • Jack Murphy

    May 1, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    The daily Beast a radical DNC hit blog oh yeah we believe eerything they say….As to Florida stay in Ny with the rest of the loosers Duncan Lennox and Harold Finch he is my congressman so butt out….

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