Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg seeks postponement of sentence as he works with feds – WFTV

Video: Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg seeks postponement of sentence In court documents, Greenberg’s attorney said his client cooperated with federal prosecutors in Orlando and Washington with active investigations. (WFTV)

ORLANDO, Fla. – (AP) – A former Central Florida tax collector whose arrest led to a federal investigation into U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz wants a judge to delay his scheduled sentencing for the third time this month. next, as he continues to cooperate with federal prosecutors.

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Joel Greenberg’s attorney on Friday asked a federal judge in Orlando to allow him to file a motion seeking a postponement of the sentencing hearing currently scheduled for March 29. U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell previously granted two delays.

In court documents, Greenberg’s attorney said his client cooperated with federal prosecutors in Orlando and Washington with active investigations.

Attorney Fritz Scheller said he intended to file a motion outlining the reasons for the extension, but it contained “sensitive” information about the investigations, as well as Greenberg’s cooperation.

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Due to the confidential nature of this information, this request and any subsequent hearing must be sealed and kept out of public view, Scheller said in court documents.

Later Friday, the judge granted the request to seal the motion asking for a delay.

Greenberg faces up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty last May to six federal crimes, including child sex trafficking, identity theft, harassment, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official.

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Greenberg’s plea deal with prosecutors requires continued cooperation with an ongoing sex trafficking investigation. His cooperation could play a role in an ongoing investigation into Gaetz, a Republican friend of his who represents much of the Florida Panhandle.

Gaetz was accused of paying a 17-year-old girl for sex. He denied the allegations and previously said they were part of an extortion plot.

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Esther L. Steinbach