Regulation enforcement in Florida has arrested Gisela Castro Medina, a 19-year-old accused of serving to a rich, younger Republican strategist in Minnesota prey on ladies and recruit them for paid intercourse.
She faces the identical felony expenses as her alleged pal, GOP operative Anton Lazzaro: intercourse trafficking of a minor, try and commit intercourse trafficking, and obstruction of justice.
Each hail from Minnesota. However whereas the FBI arrested Lazzaro in Minneapolis on Thursday morning, jail data present that legislation enforcement caught up with Castro Medina that very same night within the Florida panhandle. She was labeled a “fugitive from justice” and jailed in a single day, in line with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Division.
The company’s web site signifies that she was denied a chance to pay bond for launch and was as a substitute transferred out of their custody on Friday afternoon.
A photograph posted to Instagram reveals Castro Medina and Lazzaro collectively at an occasion in Might, every with a unique accomplice at their aspect. She describes herself publicly on-line as a pupil dwelling in St. Paul, Minnesota who attends the Catholic College of St. Thomas and works at a property administration firm. She is the chair of the college’s chapter of Minnesota Faculty Republicans, the group confirmed. An individual who is aware of her personally confirmed to The Every day Beast that Castro Medina was touring in Florida this week.
Castro Medina’s identify remains to be redacted within the public model of the indictment, however she is predicted to quickly seem in federal courtroom in Minnesota. She didn’t reply to requests for touch upon Saturday morning.
Lazzaro, a Ferrari-driving wannabe playboy who helped bankroll a number of Republican politicians, is accused within the indictment of pairing up with an affiliate in a months-long marketing campaign in 2020 to recruit 5 younger ladies for paid intercourse—and an try and strain a sixth. The indictment additionally claims his affiliate “deliberately interfered” with the federal investigation in March 2021.
The Every day Beast this week broke the information about his arrest, and how the FBI searched his luxury condo in downtown Minneapolis again in December in a seek for proof about whom he was bringing out and in of the constructing.
Courtroom data now present that brokers seized his 2010 convertible Ferrari, $371,240 in U.S. payments, assorted money from 10 different international locations, gold bullion presently value greater than $931,000, the same quantity of silver, and 13 telephones—together with one particularly designed to be shortly wiped of information with a single swipe.
Within the days since his arrest, Republicans in Minnesota have been distancing themselves from Lazzaro. When The Every day Beast interviewed him in July, weeks earlier than his arrest, he threatened this reporter for investigating his actions.
On the time, he claimed: “There’s nothing to this case. It isn’t some Matt Gaetz or no matter you suppose that is.”
By coincidence, his affiliate was jailed in Okaloosa County, which is situated in Gaetz’s congressional district in Florida.