Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.
Even though Ellicott has spoken with investigators, he has not been called to testify before the Florida grand jury hearing evidence in the Gaetz case, according to Zwick.
Ellicott is the third person in Gaetz’s orbit who is known to be cooperating with the federal investigation of the congressman.
An ex-girlfriend of Gaetz’s testified earlier this month before the grand jury
. And Joel Greenberg
, a former Florida tax official and onetime close friend of Gaetz’s
, has been cooperating with authorities after pleading guilty to several charges
작년, including that he had knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex
According to filings in federal court in Florida, Ellicott was part of a bribery scheme between an unnamed contractor and an unnamed elected government official. Ellicott delivered $ 6,000 cash from the contractor to the government official in 2017, the court filings said.
As part of the scheme, the contractor continued to receive government business and was paid for inflated invoices, according to the filings.
Under a cover story concocted by the contractor, the cash given to Ellicott in the kickback scheme was for partial purchase of a business owned by Ellicott, according to the filings.
The distribution charge Ellicott has agreed to plead guilty to involves his sale of thousands of dollars’ worth of Adderall, the filings said.