Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz former associate, Joel Greenberg, formally pleaded guilty to six federal charges as he admitted to a judge he knowingly solicited and paid a minor for sex.
Greenberg, a former Florida tax commissioner, struck a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid 33 other charges against him, which included identity theft to fraud and bribery allegations. As part of his agreement, Greenberg must give “substantial assistance” to prosecutors, including by testifying at trials or in federal grand juries if asked.
Federal investigators are still looking to whether Gaetz was involved in sex trafficking, prostitution, or had sex with a minor. The Florida Representative denies any wrongdoing.
Gaetz’s spokesperson Harlan Hill released a statement on Monday after the news became public.
“Joel Greenberg has now confessed to falsely accusing an innocent man of having sex with a minor,” Hill said in a statement.