Ma chi è Greenberg? È stato riferito che il suo caso ha portato alle indagini di Gaetz, but now Greenberg’s attorney believes that the congressman is the one in real trouble as lawyers on both sides of Greenberg’s case confirmed that plea negotiations were underway.
“I am sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s attorney Fritz Scheller said, secondo il Orlando Sentinel.
Gaetz, thus far, has not faced any charges. Greenberg, tuttavia, facce 33 counts including stalking a political opponent, sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to bribe a public official.
Greenberg served as tax collector in Seminole County, Florida, a partire dal 2016 until his resignation last June. He stepped down from the elected office one day after prosecutors revealed that he had been indicted on multiple charges. He is a known political ally of Gaetz, who once posted a photo of himself and Greenberg at the White House.
A new report in Il New York Times describes a wide array of allegations leveled against Greenberg over the years. These include asking a contractor to hack into county computers, embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Seminole County, pulling over a female driver while wearing a tax collector badge, and engaging in “sugar daddy” relationships with young women for whom he would make fake IDs out of driver’s licenses that had been surrendered to his office.
“It’s like the Tiger King got elected tax collector,” said attorney Daniel A. Pérez, who once represented someone who had worked for Greenberg.
Il Washington Post reported Gaetz had “ripetutamente” bragged about women he met through Greenberg and shared photos of naked women at parties where the former tax collector was in attendance.
Both men have denied wrongdoing thus far, but federal prosecutors indicated in court that Greenberg is now expected to plead guilty.
Fox News’ Thomas Barrabi and Robert Gearty contributed to this report.