15 April
It’s Even Weirder Than You Thought: How a Roger Stone Acolyte and a ‘Tiger King Tax Collector’ Spawned the Matt Gaetz Scandal
Story by @sarahrumpf @Mediaite

More attention to this part of the story is needed.
#GetMeRogerStone /1
From reform candidate to rule-breaking elected official
Greenberg listed his personal net worth as nearly $5.9 million at the end of 2019, including $5.5 mil of stock in the family business AWG Inc., $276,000 in bank accounts, and $85,500 in jewelry.
tampabay.com/news/florida-p… /2
Audit: Joel Greenberg misspent millions while serving as Seminole tax collector
Greenberg purchased body armor, sprinkler system to spray petitioners
More than $1 mil of taxpayer money was “wasted on these contracts,” according to MSL CPAs & Advisors.
clickorlando.com/news/local/202… /3
$15k to install sprinkler heads on office property that could be pointed at petitioner groups remotely.

Purchased firearms, body armor & badges for himself and his senior office staff, essentially creating a security force for the office.
floridapolitics.com/archives/28448… /6
Questionable credit card purchases & of course Venmo transactions.
thedailybeast.com/matt-gaetzs-wi… /7
Seminole tax collector Joel Greenberg accused of soliciting hacker to attack county computers | Commentary Jan 2020 Story: archive.is/YdR8o

‘Cringeworthy’ Voicemail From Gaetz and Greenberg
mediaite.com/tv/florida-sta… /8
Greenberg used taxpayer funds to benefit himself and to grant lucrative consulting contracts to his friends, and for just in general acting “like the Tiger King got elected tax collector".
Contracts Breakdown: /9
Reckoning looms for Florida GOP by @robertjdenault robertjdenault.substack.com/p/reckoning-lo… /10
Beute was a vocal opponent of the #RiverCross development project backed by #ChrisDorworth, a real estate developer, lobbyist, and former legislator — and friend of both Gaetz and Greenberg.
More on #RiverCross: /11
Greenberg was still “fixated” on defeating Beute, presumably in part due to Beute’s successful opposition to Dorworth’s project. He created fake social media profiles impersonating Beute & others in an attempt to attack Beute’s reputation.
See: /12
#JacobEngels has called #RogerStone his mentor. Feb 23, 2019, Stone testified that Engels was one of a handful of associates he had entrusted to assist w/his social media posts, granting Engels access to his Instagram and other accounts. /13
Engels posted FB Live videos attacking Beute on June 15 and June 20, 2020. These videos were removed when FB banned Engels’ accounts. At the time these videos were posted, no one had knowledge of the content of the letters Greenberg allegedly sent except the school/14
When the videos were posted, no one knew the content of the letters Greenberg sent to the school. Well, no one except the sender of the letters.

Engels also repeatedly threatened Beute in the videos and in comments. /15
There is another even earlier tie between Engels and the defamatory letters attacking Beute that were sent to Trinity Prep. On October 29, 2019 — mere days after the letters were first sent — Engels emailed Trinity Prep’s headmaster to request Beute’s personnel file. /16
And yet here was Engels, openly accusing “Creepy Brian Beute” of being “mentally ill” and committing sexual improprieties with underage students. In both videos, Engels makes multiple references to Beute, a music teacher, “trom-boning” his students./17
That alleged smear campaign, supported & promoted by #RogerStone acolyte Engels, attracted enough attention from local press & law enforcement authorities that a sprawling investigation began. Greenberg’s obsessive need to destroy Beute would cause dominoes to fall. /18
Months before Greenberg’s arrest, Secret Service agents got a tip from an employee of the Seminole County TC’s Lake Mary office about him making fake IDs, including a late night weekend trip to the office in April2018.

Accompanying him: his Congressional buddy, Gaetz./19
The next few weeks will be instrumental in determining how the final chapter of this saga will play out. Gaetz's long list of friends & allies may be in trouble.
See here Greenberg's history of bigotry & relationships with #RogerStone:
/21
“Im sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today". It seems likely that the congressman is far from alone in that feeling.
The potential of the dirty trickster himself, along w/Engels attempting to smear Gaetz's friend really isnt far fetched: /22
In a judge's response to Greenberg’s request for a Bill of Particulars: "has been provided portions of federal search warrants that identify by name an UNINDICNTED CO-CONSPIRATOR."
I noticed that just for the initial charges, they had over 5,300 pages of discovery! That's a lot!

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21 May
#FridayThread Try to keep up. Politics, extremism, conspiracy theories. Relevant news, studies and stories #thread.
#TheMoreYouKnow #May21st

Day 4 After Greenberg’s Guilty Plea
Read 34 tweets
21 May
1/ 🔹️NEW🔹️
The Shock Jock Texts That Could Be Critical in the #MattGaetz Probe

If #JoelGreenberg was Gaetz’s wingman, #JoeEllicott was Greenberg’s right-hand man. And texts between Greenberg & Ellicott show an attempt to cover up sex w/a minor. archive.is/2021.05.21-142…
2/Greenberg was already under investigation when he had a private exchange w/his former sports radio co-host “Big Joe” Ellicott. In that exchange, on Signal, Ellicott expressed fear that others in their group of friends faced legal jeopardy for having sex w/a 17-year-old girl.
3/Ellicott wrote a mutual friend, a woman prominent in Greenberg‘s Venmo, “knew [minor] was underage the whole time, had sex w/her & both went [to] see other guys.” and that “for other guys she brought __ along to see, that could be trafficking,” using a nickname. #Vintage99
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21 May
1/Today add'l names were released.

When I originally found the info here ⬇️ it was just a weird piece. It's still weird, but fits better now that we know Joe Ellicott was served a subpoena by the grand jury.
Ellicott & Greenberg go way back. Surprisingly, Pirozzolo too.
2/Ellicott's sports radio show co-host looks to be part of the socialites in Orlando.

• Baumann named Top 10 Influentials in Orlando along side #JasonPirozzolo

• Red Carpet Monday's hosted by Michelle Hiresh (her dad owns the nightclub GILT)

• Seem to be friends. (Invites)
3/Red Carpet Monday's is INTERESTING

🔴Red Carpet Promotions, LLC (Active)
🔹️Reg.Agent:
Ryan Deming

🔹️Managers:
TornadoPromotions(.)com Inc🔸️Ryan Totka
Hiresh Empower LLC🔸️Michelle Hiresh
Ingersoll Investments II, LLC🔸️Keith Ingersoll

(Corporate Records ⬇️)
Read 15 tweets
20 May
Preparing for some time away? Cut a deal? 🤔
@MNobbiee "I read somewhere that Gaetz is also tied to the ghost candidate scandal that happened in south Florida this past election. Dirty hands in everything."
=Yes
@ClimaxPragmatic
"Getting his affairs in order before he turns states evidence. Walls are closing in on Matty Boy"
Read 35 tweets
20 May
#ThursdayThread Try to keep up. Politics, extremism, conspiracy theories. Relevant news, studies and stories #thread.
#TheMoreYouKnow #May20th

Day 3 After Greenberg’s Guilty Plea
Read 25 tweets
20 May
1/Greenberg's victim atty:
“Dorworth has a history of hiring local provocateur,” referring to blogger #JacobEngels. Email cited an unrelated defamation suit against Engels-which the atty claimed #ChrisDorworth was the financier of the alleged defamation. By @WFTV h/t @RogerWants
2/ #MattGaetz defended Engels, and like a good the Wingman Greenberg was, he amplified his defense.
3/Engels runs a publication called Central Florida Post. He made FB Live posts about Beute days before Greenberg’s arrest. (See ⬇️ for an into to #JacobEngels)
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