Former Seminole tax collector Joel Greenberg’s sentence is being determined

ORLANDO, Florida. – More than a year after Joel Greenberg pleaded guilty to six federal charges, including child sex trafficking, the former Seminole County tax collector’s sentencing hearing is set to continue. be fixed, according to recently filed court filings.

In anticipation of that sentencing, Greenberg on Tuesday filed a motion asking the judge for permission to submit additional sealed information to the court regarding his cooperation in other criminal investigations.

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“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 attorney Fritz Scheller wrote.

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.

“If this Court schedules a hearing on the motion, the proceedings will convey specific information to the Court regarding Mr. Greenberg’s cooperation against multiple individuals,” Scheller wrote.

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Greenberg was originally scheduled to be sentenced in August 2021 after pleading guilty to child sex trafficking, aggravated identity theft, producing a false identity document, wire fraud, harassment and conspiracy.

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

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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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 an official, believed to be Greenberg, and an unidentified contractor.

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.

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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