Matt Gaetz and Florida tax official visited a closed tax office on a weekend night: source
Questions are now looming amid claims that Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg visited a closed Seminole County Tax Collector's Office on at least one weekend night.
The unnamed individual who viewed the footage, and has requested to remain anonymous out of concern over retaliation, revealed Greenberg was reportedly seen "going through baskets where driver's licenses, turned in by residents for disposal, were stored and later went into a back room."
On Thursday, April 1, the tax office visit was revealed to investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who opened an investigative probe into Greenberg. The publication requested to see the footage but the office reportedly holds film for a maximum of only 60 days. It is also unclear whether the FBO obtained the footage before it expired or not.
However, text message records obtained by the publication have confirmed an employee did ask Greenberg about his visit to the office.
Text messages that were viewed by the Sentinel showed an employee had later asked Greenberg if he'd visited the office that weekend, to which Greenberg replied via text that he had been, and was "showing congressman Gaetz what our operation looked like."
"Did I leave something on?" Greenberg added in the texts. When told that the alarm was off, Greenberg apologized and said he'd "be more careful."
According to Greenberg's indictment, he allegedly "used his access as an elected official to look up information about a girl between the ages of 14 and 17 in a state database, in order 'to produce a false identification document and to facilitate his efforts to engage in commercial sex acts.'"
While Florida law requires tax collector branches to destroy driver's licenses and Florida IDs residents may have surrendered, prosecutors believe Greenberg "used his access to the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office to take surrendered driver licenses before they were shredded."
According to the indictment, Greenberg also "used the surrendered driver licenses that he had taken to cause fake driver licenses to be produced that had his photograph but the personal information of the victims whose driver licenses he had taken."
The latest report comes as Gaetz faces bombshell allegations of sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl. While the Florida lawmaker has refuted the claim, it has reflected only fueled the fire for more incriminating reports.
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