Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondoggle

Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondoggle


Rep. Matt Gaetz says he was swindled out of cash by “malicious actors” after wiring them money as part of a $155,000 boat purchase.

The 41-foot vessel named Ol’ Pappy was actually paid for by Gaetz fiancé Ginger Luckey, a sister of tech mogul Palmer Luckey.

Reps for the Florida GOP congressman did not immediately respond to request for comment, but told local WFLA that the couple had been a victim of “first domestic and now foreign” scammers and that “federal law enforcement is both aware of and actively pursuing.”

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The boat, which has since been renamed “Thirsty,” remains docked in a marina in St. Petersburg.

Matt Gaetz sailed into a new controversy, claiming money wired for a boat has gone missing.Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images The boat is docked in a marina in St. Petersburg.WFLA

Several other boat owners in the area said they recalled Gaetz and Luckey surveying the vessel before the deal to purchase allegedly collapsed in April.

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