Former Seminole tax collector Joel Greenberg will be sentenced on December 1

ORLANDO, Florida. – More than 18 months after former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg began cooperating with federal prosecutors in a plea deal, a judge must convict Greenberg on six counts of charge, including child sex trafficking.

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Presnell set Greenberg’s sentence for December 1.

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Greenberg, who remains incarcerated in the Orange County Jail pending sentencing, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in federal prison.

As part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Greenberg agreed to cooperate with further criminal investigations. This cooperation could potentially lead to a reduction in additional prison time.

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Greenberg pleaded guilty in May 2021 to child sex trafficking, aggravated identity theft, production of a false identity document, wire fraud, harassment and conspiracy.

Since then, Greenberg’s attorney and federal prosecutors have convinced the judge to delay sentencing because Greenberg would apparently continue to assist with other undisclosed criminal prosecutions.

“Consistent with his plea agreement with the government and to mitigate the significant penalties to which he faces, Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with federal prosecutors in active investigations currently being conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the District. Central Florida and the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. as well as other jurisdictions,” Greenberg’s attorney, Fritz Scheller, wrote in a recent court filing.

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U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell said in May that the year-long delay in sentencing Greenberg was “in the interests of justice,” but was preparing to convict Greenberg in August “absent compelling circumstances. “.

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It is unclear whether Greenberg’s attorney specifically requested the December sentencing date in a recent motion filed under seal.

Greenberg’s friend and former employee Joseph Ellicott is set to be sentenced Aug. 8 after pleading guilty to his role in a bribery scheme. A previous sentencing hearing in June was postponed due to Ellicott’s health issues.

Ellicott, a former employee of the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office, admitted to acting as an intermediary between a public official, believed to be Greenberg, and an unidentified contractor.

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This contractor allegedly paid bribes to the official while submitting inflated invoices to a government agency, according to court records.

In addition to participating in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Ellicott also admitted to illegally distributing the prescription drug Adderall. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each count.

Like Greenberg, Ellicott agreed to cooperate with federal authorities on other undisclosed criminal investigations in exchange for leniency.

Joseph Zwick, one of Ellicott’s attorneys, reportedly told The Daily Beast that his client cooperated with a sex trafficking investigation involving Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.

Gaetz, an associate of Greenberg, has denied any wrongdoing and is not charged with any crime.

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Esther L. Steinbach