A hit piece that was first reported by the New York Times unraveled this week as the source who accused Gaetz of sex trafficking pled guilty in federal court to one count of wire fraud.  The faux-scandal originated from claims that Gaetz was engaged in a sexual relationship with a 17 year-old.  Vox News Reports

“Prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old and paid for her travel, and payments he and a close associate made to young adult women he had relationships with.”

This week, the smear campaign that was reported by the liberal media went up in flames as Stephen Alford, 62, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud in relation to the accusations.  The Washington Examiner Reports

A Florida man pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after attempting to obtain $25 million from the family of Rep. Matt Gaetz, federal prosecutors announced on Monday.

Stephen Alford, 62, appeared in federal court in Pensacola and admitted to orchestrating an extortion scheme against Don Gaetz, the congressman’s wealthy father, and making false promises that he could secure a presidential pardon for his son, who has been linked to a sex-trafficking investigation.”

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Alford has a criminal history, including a previous conviction for fraud.  After pleading guilty to wire fraud in the Gaetz case, his sentence carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  He could also face a fine of up to $250,000.

Earlier this year, Project Veritas exposed a CNN staffer saying that they will continue to target Gaetz as he is a “problem for the Democratic  Party”.  “If the agenda, say, is to get, like, Matt Gaetz right now, he’s like this Republican,” Chester began. “He’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative, right? And he can cause a lot of hiccups in passing of laws and whatnot. So, it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we’re going to keep running those stories to keep hurting him and make it so that it can’t be buried and, like, just settled outside of court. And just like, you know, if we keep pushing that, it’s helping us.” Said Charles Chester, a CNN staffer.

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