Gaetz friend gets 11 years for sex crime, other counts
Joel Greenberg, former tax collector for Seminole County, had pleaded guilty to six federal crimes, also including identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Prosecutors said he paid at least one girl to have sex with him and other men. Greenberg's attorney had asked U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell for leniency, saying that his client had assisted in investigations of 24 people, including eight for sex crimes. Greenberg's cooperation could play a role in an investigation into his friend Gaetz over whether he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex. Federal prosecutors had asked for a significant reduction in Greenberg's prison sentence, agreeing during a court hearing on Wednesday to a reduced range of nine years and three months to 11 years.wftv.com
Gaetz friend to be sentenced on sex crimes, other counts
Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a minor, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Prosecutors said he paid at least one girl to have sex with him and other men. “He has provided significant substantial assistance to the government in the areas of public corruption, election fraud, wire fraud, and sex trafficking," Scheller wrote. Greenberg's cooperation could play a role in the ongoing investigation into Gaetz over whether he paid a 17-year-old for sex. So far, none has been implicated by name in the sex trafficking investigation.wftv.com
Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg to be sentenced for sex trafficking, fraud charges this morning
Joel Greenberg will be sentenced this morning. The former Seminole County Tax Collector has pleaded guilty to fraud, sex trafficking and stalking, but his sentencing...orlandoweekly.com
‘Betrayed your trust:’ Joel Greenberg sentenced to 11 years in prison for child sex trafficking, fraud
Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg was sentenced to 11 years in prison after facing a judge for several federal charges, including child sex trafficking and aggravated identity theft.
Gaetz friend says lighter sentence deserved for cooperation
Prosecutors said he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men. His attorney, Fritz Scheller, told a federal judge overseeing Greenberg's sentencing that the jurist has the discretion to reduce the prison time even further. Based on such a recognition, he has been trying to make amends through cooperation and the payment of restitution," Scheller said. Greenberg's cooperation could play a role in the ongoing probe into Gaetz, who is being investigated over whether he paid a 17-year-old for sex. “Unfortunately, at the time of Greenberg’s sentencing, many of these individuals have not been held to account," Scheller said.wftv.com
Prosecutors: Reduced sentence, prison time for Gaetz friend
A former Florida tax collector whose arrest on sex trafficking and identity theft charges led to a probe of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz should get his sentence reduced for cooperating with authorities, but he still deserves prison time to send a message that no public official is above the law, federal prosecutors said in court papers. Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg is facing a 12-year prison sentence when he is sentenced in federal court in Orlando, Florida in two weeks.news.yahoo.com
Some Republicans call for delaying Senate leadership elections in challenge to McConnell
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Report: Rep. Gaetz may face no charges in sex-trafficking probe
Career prosecutors told the U.S. Justice Dept. that they are recommending against charging Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, in a sex-trafficking investigation involving disgraced Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, according to a report in The Washington Post.
Former White House aide says Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz requested preemptive pardon from sex trafficking allegations
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2 New York Democrats ousted from US House in primary losses
NEW YORK — (AP) — In a cluster of contentious Democratic primaries Tuesday, two New York incumbents were ousted from the U.S. House after redistricting shuffled congressional districts in one of the nation's largest liberal states. Jones lost a packed primary in Manhattan and Brooklyn to Daniel Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who served as counsel to House Democrats in the first impeachment inquiry against Trump. In other races in the state, t he chair of the House Democrats' campaign arm, Sean Patrick Maloney, survived a primary challenge of his own from a progressive. Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a conservative firebrand, won his primary with the specter of a federal investigation looming over him. Sempolinski will replace Republican Rep. Tom Reed, who resigned in May after being accused of sexual misconduct.wftv.com
Rep. Carolyn Maloney's 30-year career ends in loss to Nadler
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a conservative firebrand, won his primary despite having the with the specter of a federal investigation looming over him. REPUBLICANS VIE TO REPLACE CONGRESSMAN AFTER BACKLASHA Republican race in western New York has become a heated contest to replace GOP Rep. Chris Jacobs. Tuesday's race in New York's redrawn 23rd District features New York's Republican Party chair, Nick Langworthy, and Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino. They are competing in a GOP-favored seat to replace Republican Rep. Tom Reed, who resigned in May, a year after he was accused of sexual misconduct. FAR-RIGHT PROVOCATEUR LOSES AGAINFlorida Republican Rep. Dan Webster defeated Laura Loomer, a far-right provocateur in Florida who’s been banned on some social media networks because of anti-Muslim and other remarks.wftv.com
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is under FBI investigation for alleged sex trafficking: "This is a movement for winners!"
Florida) who is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for alleged sex trafficking said in one of his most recent events while campaigning for the House of Representatives primaries: "This is a movement for winners!" Florida voters will take to the voting booths on Tuesday and vote for the nominees running for Congress. Gaetz’s biggest threats are his two Republican primary challengers: Mark Lombardo and Greg Merk, with Lombardo launching a series of ads attacking Gaetz for his sex trafficking scandal.news.yahoo.com
What to watch: Top Democrats square off in Florida, New York
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) absurdly asks, “Is the IRS gearing up for war in our country?”
Florida Republican Matt Gaetz continues to stoke fear over recent IRS job postings for agents who can carry firearms, as well as funding for arms for IRS agents included in recent legislation. Is Nancy Pelosi trying to start a nuclear war in Asia? Is there an effort by the National Security State to stoke violence in a civil war here at home?news.yahoo.com
Some Republicans fear party is too extreme on abortion and gay rights
Some Republicans worry that conservative positions and rheotirc on key social issues are moving too far out of sync with popular opinion, projecting new hostility to women and gay people and potentially alienating middle-of-the-road voters.washingtonpost.com
Mike Pence's former chief of staff hits back at Matt Gaetz, saying he'll likely be 'in prison for child sex trafficking' — in what looks like a growing schism in Trumpworld
"Let me just say what everyone here knows: Mike Pence will never be president," Gaetz had said at a conservative conference over the weekend.news.yahoo.com
Former Seminole tax collector Joel Greenberg sentencing is being set
More than a year after Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges including child sex trafficking, the former Seminole County tax collector's sentencing hearing is in the process of being set, newly filed court records show.
Here’s how News 6 revealed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ staff delayed release of records
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DeSantis staff delayed release of Gaetz associate Halsey Beshears’ spending records
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DOJ: Man fraudulently offered presidential pardon to Matt Gaetz in exchange for $25 million donation
Federal prosecutors have charged a convicted felon with attempting to defraud the family of Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz by offering a presidential pardon in exchange for a $25 million donation, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
Ex-Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg accessed restricted database on nearly 300 people, officials say
Officials say Joel Greenberg, the friend of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz who pleaded guilty earlier this year to identity theft and other charges, accessed a restricted state database through his position as a local tax collector in Florida to look up information on hundreds of people.
Joel Greenberg scandal: Who’s who in the federal investigation?
According to a forensic audit completed after Joel Greenberg left office, the one-time Seminole County Tax Collector used his newly acquired power to reward family, friends and the politically connected with questionable contracts, totaling more than $1 million in wasted taxpayer dollars.