Rep. Matt Gates (R-Fla.) was accused of plotting to extort Gates’ family for $25 million in exchange for a federal investigation of allegations of sex trafficking against lawmakers. One of the men was charged with wire transfers on Tuesday. Crime of fraud.
Stephen Alford, 62, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pensacola, Florida, for wire fraud and trying to prevent the authorities from viewing his iPhone.
indictmentWithout revealing the names of the victims or other suspected participants, it was stated that Alford had planned an elaborate conspiracy to extort 25 million US dollars from a person identified only as “DG” in exchange for the 62-year-old man Promise that he can get the presidency.Pardon the then President Donald Trump for pardoning a family member and fund the release of those who are only identified as “RL”
It stated that Alford’s “’team has been assured by the president’ and he will’strongly consider’presidential pardon’ or’instruct the Department of Justice to terminate any and all investigations involving unnamed individuals’”.
According to the New York Times, Gaetz, who previously represented parts of western Florida, was accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl, paying for her travels with him, and possibly violating sex trade laws. Quoting three unnamed sources, they “give a brief introduction on the matter.”
The second Florida congressman denied all allegations in April and stated that he and his family were the targets of extortion.
“In the past few weeks, my family and I have been victims of organized crime extortion involving a former Justice Department official seeking $25 million while threatening to discredit my name. We have been working with federal authorities here. Cooperating in this matter, my father even used wires to catch these criminals under the direction of the FBI.” Gates said in a press statement at the time.
Gates’ father is Don Gaetz, former chairman of the Florida Senate. Others in contact with Don Gates stated in news reports that they hope to use the money to release the former FBI agent Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran more than a decade ago.
According to a press release issued by the Justice Department on Tuesday, Alford appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday. If convicted, the 62-year-old will face up to 25 years in prison.
The Epoch Times has contacted a representative of Matt Gaetz for comments.
“They tried to blackmail me with a bunch of lies,” he said Wrote on Twitter After the Justice Department announced that Alford had been arrested. “Alford did not act alone-he was helped by people who have close ties to the federal government. There are many other attempts to destroy me.”
Reuters contributed to this report.
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