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“…he and I both had sex with the girl who was underage,” Greenberg says of Gaetz in bombshell messages

Matt Gaetz with Roger Stone and Joel Greenberg- former Seminole County tax collector charged with sex trafficking

The Daily Beast has obtained a bombshell confession letter that former Seminole County Tax Collector, Joel Greenberg, wrote to after asking Roger Stone to help him obtain a pardon from President Trump during the last months of his presidency. Greenberg had drafted multiple versions of this confession letter in an effort to obtain a pardon. Three were obtained by The Daily Beast- two typed, and one earlier, hand-written draft. Forensic experts have confirmed the handwriting is indeed that of Joel Greenberg.


The letter claims that he and Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women, as well as a girl who was 17 years old at the time.

“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 wrote. The individual in reference is alleged to be the 17-year-old girl.

“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.”

A series of “self-destructing” encrypted text messages sent via the app Signal from late 2020 were also recently obtained by The Daily Beast. These messages show a number of conversations between Greenberg and Roger Stone, in which Greenberg attempts to negotiate a pardon with President Trump’s office via Stone. Though the messages were sent to delete themselves upon sending,  Greenberg appears to have taken screenshots of a number of their conversations.

“If I get you $250k in Bitcoin would that help or is this not a financial matter,” Greenberg wrote to Stone.

“I hope you are prepared to wire me $250,000 because I am feeling confident,” Stone later wrote.

Stone denied asking for or receiving a payment to advocate for Greenberg’s pardon to The Daily Beast, however, he did concede that Greenberg had attempted to hire him to help obtain a pardon, and that he had Greenberg prepare “a document explaining his prosecution.” He encouraged Greenberg to prominently highlight his support for President Trump in his written request for a pardon.

“My lawyers that I fired, know the whole story about MG’s involvement,” Greenberg wrote to Stone in December of 2020, the ‘MG’ an alleged reference to Rep. Matt Gaetz. “They know he paid me to pay the girls and that he and I both had sex with the girl who was underage.”

Greenberg alleges that he and Gaetz believed the underaged individual to be 19 years old at the time, and that they were “equally shocked and disturbed” by the “revelation” she was underage. Greenberg continued in the handwritten draft that he “confronted” the then-17-year-old and explained to her “how serious of a situation this was, how many people she put in danger.”

“She apologized and recognized that by lying about her age, she endangered many people,” Greenberg said. “There was no further contact with this individual until after her 18th birthday.” Five months after the girl’s 18th birthday, Gaetz sent Greenberg $900 in two Venmo transactions—one titled “Test” and the other titled “hit up ::name redacted:::” Greenberg paid her and two other women a total of $900 about six hours later.

The Daily Beast talked to 12 of the more than 40 women who received money from Greenberg, and they all said they understood Greenberg was paying them at least in part for sex.

Further details and screenshots can be found at The Daily Beast.