An affiliate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) who had been charged with intercourse trafficking of a minor and was suspected of connecting the congressmen to ladies with whom he might have intercourse is in plea negotiations to resolve the allegations towards him, in line with his lawyer and a prosecutor on the case, a doubtlessly ominous signal for Gaetz if the affiliate in the end cooperates with prosecutors in a bid for leniency.
Joel Greenberg, the previous tax collector for Seminole County, Fla., had first been charged final summer time in a bare-bones indictment that prosecutors repeatedly outdated so as to add prices of intercourse trafficking of a minor, stealing from the tax workplace and even making an attempt to make use of fraud to get covid-19 reduction cash whereas out on bond. In the middle of the investigation into his conduct, folks aware of the matter have mentioned, federal authorities got here throughout proof that Gaetz may need dedicated against the law and launched a separate investigation into him.
At a standing convention within the case Thursday, federal prosecutor Roger Handberg instructed a decide he anticipated the case to finish in a plea, although negotiations are ongoing. Fritz Scheller, an lawyer for Greenberg, requested the decide to set a deadline of Might 15 for the 2 sides to both attain a deal, or transfer towards a trial in the summertime.