Gaetz's associate Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to several felony counts of fraud, sex trafficking: report

English: Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg

Office of the Seminole County Tax Collector / Wikimedia Commons

A former Florida politician closely connected to the investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-Fla.) is expected to plead guilty on six counts of sex trafficking and other offenses in his own federal case, a new report indicates.

According to Business Insider, Joel Greenberg, an ousted former tax collector for Seminole County, Fla., will enter a guilty plea on six felony counts of "including sex trafficking, identity theft, and wire fraud." The publication notes that the charges are "a significant downgrade" in comparison to the initial 33 federal charges Greenberg was facing as a result of multiple indictments.

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