Topline

The indicted former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg has offered up information about embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) to federal authorities, the New York Times reported Tuesday, a striking threat to Gaetz as he denies allegations he had sex with a 17-year-old and paid women for sex.

Key Facts

Greenberg has told federal investigators in the last year about his and Gaetz’ alleged practice of paying women for sex, the Times reported, citing two unnamed sources.

Greenberg was charged with sex trafficking and other offenses last year, and his attorney and federal prosecutors both indicated last week that they’re working out a plea agreement, sparking speculation that he’s open to providing evidence about Gaetz.

Gaetz’ office and Greenberg’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Forbes.

Crucial Quote

“I’m sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today,” Greenberg’s lawyer Fritz Scheller said last week, after suggesting in court that Greenberg was open to a plea deal.

Key Background

Gaetz is facing a range of serious allegations, some of which are entangled with Greenberg, a former county official and political ally of Gaetz. The Department of Justice is reportedly looking into whether Gaetz and Greenberg gave money and other gifts to women in exchange for sex, and whether Gaetz had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her travel, which could run afoul of federal child sex trafficking laws. Gaetz has denied all of these allegations and insisted they’re part of an effort to extort him and his father.

Further Reading

Indicted Gaetz Associate Is Said to Be Cooperating With Justice Dept. (New York Times)

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