Matt Gaetz, his outdated wingman Joel Greenberg and two others have been named in a grand jury subpoena associated to the Florida Congressman’s intercourse trafficking probe.
The subpoena, obtained by Politico, was despatched to an unidentified particular person in December and requested data associated to a grand jury investigation into alleged ‘industrial intercourse acts with grownup and minor girls, in addition to obstruction of justice’.
The 4 names talked about within the subpoena embrace Gaetz, his affiliate Greenberg, Republican politician Halsey Beshears and former native CBS sports activities radio host Joe ‘Massive Joe’ Ellicott.
The point out of Ellicott’s identify within the subpoena is the primary time he has been linked to the Gaetz’s intercourse trafficking probe. Beshears was on a 2018 Bahamas journey with Gaetz that investigators are probing.
Gaetz, the Republican Congressman for Florida’s 1st district, has not been arrested or charged with any crimes. He has denied allegations that he ever intercourse trafficked anybody.
Matt Gaetz, his outdated wingman Joel Greenberg and two others have been named in a grand jury subpoena associated to the Florida Congressman’s intercourse trafficking probe
It comes after Greenberg, a disgraced tax collector and Florida politician, pleaded responsible this week to intercourse trafficking a minor as a part of a cope with prosecutors that he agreed to in alternate for testifying towards Gaetz.
He informed prosecutors that he and different grownup males drugged and sexually trafficked a 17-year-old woman throughout state traces.
The subpoena that names the 4 males was in search of any communications, paperwork, recordings and funds the subpoenaed particular person had with them relationship again to January 2016.
It additionally requested paperwork and ‘data of funds’ to any girls who attended events or females the subpoenaed particular person met by way of the 4 males since 2016.
Joel Greenberg, a disgraced tax collector and Florida politician, pleaded responsible this week to intercourse trafficking a minor as a part of a cope with prosecutors that he agreed to in alternate for testifying towards Gaetz
The main points within the subpoena, which was dated December 28, offers new perception into who investigators are in relation to the Gaetz probe.
Ellicott is an in depth good friend and former worker of Gaetz’s outdated wingman Joel Greenberg.
Sources informed Politico that Ellicott is being checked out for alleged monitoring of a minor.
He has not commented on the probe or the subpoena.
Ellicott was certainly one of Greenberg’s groomsmen, as soon as co-hosted an area CBS sports activities radio present the place he was known as Massive Joe and ran a collectibles retailer.
Greenberg employed him as an assistant deputy tax collector when he grew to become Seminole County tax collector – regardless of Ellicott having no taxation or authorities expertise.
He was as soon as accused of sexually harassing a girl within the tax accumulating workplace. The lady, who had threatened to sue, reached a fast $40,000 settlement.
Ellicott was let go when his contract expired final September – simply months after Greenberg give up following his indictment.
The fourth individual named within the subpoena, Halsey Beshears, served Gaetz within the Florida Legislature.
He just lately resigned as secretary of the Florida Division of Enterprise and Skilled Regulation after investigators began probing a 2018 Bahamas journey that Beshears took with Gaetz.
Investigators are probing whether or not Gaetz accepted paid escorts as a part of an affect marketing campaign for medical marijuana in the course of the journey.
The 2 different males named within the subpoena are former native CBS sports activities radio host Joe ‘Massive Joe’ Ellicott (left) and Republican politician Halsey Beshears (proper)
The probe into Gaetz emerged after Greenberg was arrested final 12 months and instantly began telling the feds in regards to the Florida Congressman and the way they allegedly intercourse trafficked collectively.
Greenberg supplied up data in a bid to get himself a lesser jail sentence.
He pleaded responsible on Monday to 6 of the practically three dozen fees he confronted, together with intercourse trafficking of a minor, and he admitted that he had paid at the least one underage woman to have intercourse with him and different males.
Gaetz was not talked about within the plea settlement or in the course of the court docket listening to.
As a part of his plea deal, Greenberg admitted he recruited girls for industrial intercourse acts and paid them greater than $70,000 from 2016 to 2018, typically by way of on-line fee providers like Venmo. They embrace at the least one underage woman he paid to have intercourse with him and others, the plea settlement says.
Prosecutors wrote within the plea settlement that Greenberg had launched the woman to others, who additionally ‘engaged in industrial intercourse acts’ together with her.
Greenberg first met the woman on-line from an internet site the place she was posing as an grownup and first paid her $400 after a gathering on a ship, the paperwork stated. He later invited her to inns in Florida the place he and others would have intercourse together with her and provided her and different individuals with ecstasy, in keeping with the plea deal.
In whole, prosecutors say Greenberg had intercourse with the woman at the least seven instances.
Joel Greenberg is proven in police bodycam footage after driving 170 miles to his mother-in-law’s residence on February 28, on the lookout for his spouse. He was on bail for intercourse trafficking a minor on the time and should not have left the county the place he lives in Orlando
Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, along with his spouse Abby and their two children
Greenberg’s authorized scrutiny started when he was arrested final summer time on fees of stalking a political opponent, Brian Beute. Prosecutors stated he mailed pretend letters to the college the place his opponent labored, signed by a nonexistent ‘very involved pupil,’ who alleged the opponent had engaged in sexual misconduct with one other pupil.
Bodycam footage has since emerged of him being spoken to by police after his mother-in-law known as 911 when he drove 170 miles to search out his spouse whereas on parole for intercourse trafficking a minor.
Greenberg’s cooperation – as a key determine within the investigation and an in depth ally of Gaetz’s – could escalate the potential authorized and political legal responsibility that the firebrand Republican congressman is dealing with.
Federal prosecutors are analyzing whether or not Gaetz and Greenberg paid underage ladies and escorts or supplied them presents in alternate for intercourse, in keeping with two Related Press sources.
Investigators have additionally been whether or not Gaetz and his associates tried to safe authorities jobs for a number of the girls, the AP sources stated.
They’re additionally scrutinizing Gaetz’s connections to the medical marijuana sector, together with whether or not his associates sought to affect laws Gaetz sponsored, which is tied to the Bahamas journey.
Gaetz has denied the allegations and any accusation of wrongdoing and has stated repeatedly he is not going to resign from Congress.
A spokesperson for the congressman has stated Gaetz ‘by no means had intercourse with a minor and has by no means paid for intercourse.’