ORLANDO, Fla. — On Wednesday a federal judge granted Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County, Fla. tax collector and associate of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a delay in sentencing because he is cooperating with prosecutors on other cases.
What You Need To Know
- Joel Greenberg's sentencing hearing has been delayed to November 18
- Last month, he pleaded guilty to six charges, including child sex trafficking
- Greenberg's case has brought scrutiny on U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a former friend
Greenberg's attorney on Tuesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida for a 90-day sentencing delay, saying that would give Greenberg more time to "participate in additional proffers" through his plea agreement with federal prosecutors, which could impact his final sentence.
That cooperation, however, wouldn't be done by the time he was due to be sentenced Aug. 19. U.S. Judge Gregory Presnell agreed and reset the sentencing for November 18 at 9 a.m.
In May, Greenberg pleaded guilty to sex trafficking, identity theft, wire fraud and conspiracy in a plea deal that compels Greenberg to cooperate on a wider federal investigation into corruption that could ensnare several Florida politicians, including Gaetz, a friend of Greenberg's.
Greenberg claimed he arranged escorts for sex in exchange for money for Gaetz, including an underage girl.
The U.S. Justice Department began investigating Gaetz last year as a result of the broader investigation.
Gaetz has denied all accusations, and he has not been charged with anything.
Greenberg's attorney also said more time was needed to properly calculate the amount of restitution Greenberg would have to pay.
"The restitution involves multiple parties and disputed amounts, the matter cannot be resolved prior to Mr. Greenberg’s current sentencing date," the motion says.
His attorney also wanted more time to resolve the sentencing guideline range, which the attorney says is "complicated by both the diversity and nature of his charges."
Greenberg is facing a mandatory minimum penalty of 12 years for the sex trafficking and identity theft charges.