Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, a close friend and associate of Florida Man Matt Gaetz. has asked a judge to delay his sentencing. Originally set for August 19th, Greenberg’s attorney asked to delay the sentencing on six federal charges for 90 days.
Greenberg, who has been fully cooperating with federal authorities, will not face trial for most of the 33 criminal counts he was charged with in federal court, according to his plea agreement. However, he did plead guilty to the following six: sex trafficking of a child, production of false identification, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, stalking, and conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States.
Gaetz has done all he could do distance himself from Greenberg, who has specifically named him as a partner in a sex-trafficking ring where teenage girls were raped and then paid via cash apps like Venmo to keep them from reporting. But Gaetz is also currently under investigation, with the expectations of charges coming before the end of the summer.
While not mentioning Gaetz by name, in his plea deal Greenberg said he “introduced the minor(s) to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts.”
District Judge Gregory Presnell has agreed to delay the sentencing of Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty in May, so that he can keep cooperating in a broader sex trafficking investigation involving Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Sentencing is rescheduled for Nov. 18. https://t.co/AWn5lINZpX
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U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has set November 18th as the new sentencing date for Joel Greenberg, where he’ll face a minimum of 12 years in prison. What’s not known is if Gaetz will face similar charges, or when he might finally be brought before a judge himself.
MSNBC covered the sentencing delay and how the new information could incriminate Gaetz even more than originally thought. Check out the report from Pete Williams, below.