By Michael Balsamo and Mike Schneider | Associated Press
Washington — A key figure in a federal investigation by Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz is expected to plead guilty to criminal accusations next week.
According to court documents, Joel Greenberg will appear in federal court in Orlando, Florida on Monday to change the plea trial. He worked for weeks working on a deal with a federal prosecutor investigating allegations of sex trafficking and corruption.
Plea denial potentially escalate the legal and political dangers facing Florida legislators, indicating that Greenberg could serve as a witness to the Justice Department’s Gates investigation.
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Gates and Greenberg paid the underage girl or offered a gift in exchange for sex, according to people familiar with the matter. Gates vehemently denied allegations and misconduct and insisted that he would not resign from parliamentary seats.
Investigators are also looking at whether Gates and his associates have tried to secure government jobs for some women, people said. They are also scrutinizing the relationship between Gates and the medical marijuana sector, including whether they tried to influence Gates-sponsored legislation.
People had knowledge of the investigation, but were not allowed to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly, so they spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Greenberg’s legal problems began last summer when he was arrested for stalking his political opponents. He was signed by a non-existent “very worried student” who alleged that the teacher had committed sexual misconduct with other students, according to the indictment filed against him, taught by opponents. I mailed a fake letter to the school.
According to the indictment, in August Greenberg sexually trafficked a girl between the ages of 14 and 17 and used state databases to engage the girl with other “sugar daddy” relationships. He was charged with looking up information about people.
According to the indictment, the charges against the allegations he embezzled from the Seminole County tax office were added last month.
Schneider reported from Orlando, Florida.
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