Greenberg pleaded guilty to six charges, including the sex trafficking of a minor, stalking, wire fraud, identity theft, and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Originally, he faced 33 federal charges, but prosecutors agreed to drop 27 of them in exchange for his cooperation.
He faces at least 12 years in prison and will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
As a part of the agreement, Greenberg admitted to paying an excess of $70,000, with a credit card belonging to the Tax Collector’s Office, over a two-year period to women, whom he met online, in exchange for sex. One of those women was 17-years-old.
Greenberg will also have to forfeit more than $650,000 in assets that he obtained through illegal measures.
Magistrate Judge Leslie R. Hoffman said his sentence will be handed down likely within the next two to three months.
Since March, federal prosecutors have been investigating whether Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage girls or offered them gifts in exchange for sex. Greenberg’s plea makes no mention of Gaetz, who has vehemently denied all allegations of wrongdoing.
Gaetz, following the report of the investigation into whether he had a sexual relationship with an underage woman, claimed it was an intentional ploy to thwart a different FBI investigation against him.
Don Gaetz, the congressman’s father, forwarded a text message to his son that he received on March 16 from former Air Force intelligence officer Bob Kent, who was proposing a plan that could help the younger Gaetz’s “future legal and political problems go away.” One day later, Kent and convicted felon Stephen Alford presented the elder Gaetz with their plan, “Project Homecoming.”
The money, per the document, would be used to fund a rescue operation for ex-FBI agent-turned-spy Robert Levinson from Iran. In return, Kent, who later denied he was engaging in extortion, would “strongly advocate that President Biden issue a Presidential Pardon, or instruct the Department of Justice to terminate any and all investigations involving Congressman Gaetz.”
Author : Mike Brest