Rep. Gaetz's former associate sentenced to 11 years for sex trafficking, other crimes
Why it matters: Greenberg had been a central figure in a federal sex crimes investigation involving Gaetz, though the representative has not been charged with a crime and has denied any wrongdoing.
- In addition to sex trafficking of a minor, Greenberg, a former Seminole County tax collector, previously pleaded guilty to and was sentenced Thursday for, identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official.
What they're saying: "Nothing justifies my actions. My conduct is so shameful. I feel remorse for what I’ve done," Greenberg stated in court Thursday, per AP.
- Before the sentencing, Greenberg's lawyer told a federal judge his client deserved leniency for his crimes because he assisted in investigations of 24 people, including eight involving sex crimes.
- Federal prosecutors had previously asked the judge for a reduced sentence for Greenberg, ranging from nine years and three months to 11 years, and he received the upper limit of the reduction.
The big picture: Greenberg's arrest led to a federal investigation into Gaetz over allegations he paid a 17-year-old girl for sex.
- Lawyers for Greenberg in July 2021 requested that his sentencing be delayed, saying his cooperation with prosecutors in other investigations could impact his ultimate sentence.