The New York Times has revealed that Eryka Gemma was the individual responsible for giving the 1776 Returns document to Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right group the Proud Boys who has been indicted for seditious conspiracy.
Gemma is a Miami cryptocurrency venture capitalist at Timelock Ventures, a smaller venture capital and advisory firm. The documents in question contained plans created by numerous persons to storm government buildings on January 6 in order to overturn the election.
She also founded the Bitcoin Center in Miami and was a board member of the Florida Blockchain Business Association (FBBA) while advocating for cryptocurrency in the state. The FBBA helped promote the creation of the Florida Blockchain Task Force and, since 2012, Gemma has been involved with both cryptocurrency and republican politicians while campaigning for Ron Paul.
Eryka supposedly told Tarrio that, “the revolution is more important than anything,” shortly after sending him the detailed plans for an insurrection.
The Florida blockchain space has been rife with Republican corruption and abuse:
- Joel Greenberg, currently cooperating in a Federal investigation of Matt Gaetz, misappropriated funds in the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office to fund bitcoin mining.
- Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a member of the Florida Blockchain Task Force, promoted the pointless and poor-performing MiamiCoin.
- Republican consultant Keith Ingersoll ran the inauthentic ICO for ‘Organic Fresh Coin’ with links to the Belarusian government.
Protos has reached out to Gemma for comment and will update if we hear back.