EXCLUSIVE: In two late-night Venmo transactions in May 2018, Rep. Matt Gaetz sent his friend, the accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg, $900.

The next morning, Greenberg used the same app to send 3 young women varying sums of money that totaled...$900 trib.al/2SgYXyr
The first of Gaetz’s transactions to Greenberg was titled “Test.” In the second, Gaetz wrote “hit up ___,” using a nickname for one of the girls (who had only turned 18 less than six months before) trib.al/wQleRB4
When Greenberg made his Venmo payments to these three young women, he described the money as being for “Tuition,” “School,” and “School” trib.al/wQleRB4
Gaetz and Greenberg, who's been federally indicted on 33 counts, including sex trafficking crimes involving a 17-year-old, are both connected through Venmo to the then-18-year-old woman trib.al/wQleRB4
“The arrogance of these guys. They just felt they were above the law,” said Daniel J. O'Keefe, an accountant who conducted a forensic audit for Seminole County, where Greenberg used to work as a tax collector trib.al/wQleRB4
As investigators look into the connections between Gaetz and Greenberg, one particularly damning connection is their financial transactions. Get the full exclusive story from @Jose_Pagliery and @SollenbergerRC: trib.al/wQleRB4

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