March 21, 2023

Marshall Cohen | CNN

Convicted fraudster Joel Greenberg, who actively cooperated with prosecutors investigating Republican Get together Consultant Matt Goetz, was sentenced on Thursday to 11 years in jail by a federal decide in Orlando, Florida.

Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, beforehand pleaded responsible to baby intercourse trafficking, wire fraud, stalking and three different felonies.

As a part of his plea deal, Greenberg offered investigators with details about Gaetz associated to a intercourse trafficking investigation, a supply acquainted with the case beforehand instructed CNN.

Getz denied ever paying for intercourse or having intercourse with minors, and no prices had been filed towards Getz.

That investigation started in late 2020, and CNN reported in September that prosecutors had advisable no prices be filed, though senior Justice Division officers have the ultimate say and it is unclear if such a call has been made.

After the decision, Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller mentioned he was “disenchanted” that the Justice Division didn’t indict anybody as a part of the intercourse trafficking investigation. Scheller had beforehand acknowledged in courtroom that Greenberg offered investigators with details about seven or eight different males as a result of it concerned unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

“We anticipate the federal authorities to tackle laborious instances, not simply gentle sentences,” Scheller mentioned, calling on prosecutors to “prosecute others.”

“That is what they’re right here for,” Scheller added, saying the Justice Division should maintain “top-level” people to account for the sake of democracy.

Scheller mentioned he and Greenberg “fairly not too long ago … up to now few months” have been involved with prosecutors as a part of his cooperation in a intercourse trafficking investigation.

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