Joel Greenberg to plead guilty to sex trafficking, stalking charges, agrees to cooperate with federal investigators


  • Photo via Seminole County Tax Collector

Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg will plead guilty to six of his 33 federal charges today. The plea is part of a deal with the U.S. Attorney's office under which he will also be compelled to cooperate with federal investigators.

Presumably, the cooperation clause in Greenberg's plea deal is linked to the ongoing investigation into Florida congressman Matt Gaetz. Reports and rumors have swirled around the conservative representative from the Panhandle, with some linking Gaetz to the same minor that Greenberg pleaded guilty to trafficking. In a letter that The Daily Beast claims was from Greenberg to Donald Trump associate and political fixer Roger Stone, Greenberg admitted that both he and Gaetz had sex with an underage girl.

Greenberg could face up to 12 years in prison for the six charges. Beyond trafficking and stalking, the former Central Florida politician will plead guilty to identity theft, conspiracy to bribe a public official and wire fraud. The remaining 27 charges will be dropped.

Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.