TALLAHASSEE — Ex-Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg, who pleaded guilty to six federal crimes and is a former close associate with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), has asked a judge to delay his sentencing until March 2022.
His current sentencing date is scheduled for Nov. 18, but in a motion filed Tuesday, Greenberg asked that the sentencing be delayed so he can continue to cooperate with federal investigators. Prosecutors don’t object to the postponement, according to the motion.
“Pursuant to his plea agreement with the Government, Mr. Greenberg has been cooperating with the Government and has participated in a series of proffers,” read the motion, which was first reported by the Orlando Sentinel. “Said cooperation, which could impact his ultimate sentence, cannot be completed prior to the time of his sentencing.”
“The parties expect that Mr. Greenberg will participate in additional proffers, and a continuance would provide Mr. Greenberg with additional time to do so prior to his sentencing,” the motion continued.
The probe into Greenberg ensnared several men including Gaetz, who was a close friend and political ally of the disgraced former tax collector.
Word first leaked in March that Gaetz was under federal investigation over whether he had sex with a 17-year-old girl. Authorities are also examining whether Gaetz obstructed justice. Gaetz has denied all wrongdoing and has not been charged with any crime.
Greenberg resigned his post as tax collector last year when he was hit with the first wave of what would ultimately be 33 charges ranging from sex trafficking a minor, ID theft and public corruption. Greenberg pleaded guilty to six of those charges as part of a deal cut with federal investigators after he agreed to cooperate.
Greenberg’s attorney, Fritz Scheller, suggested after a May court hearing for his client that Greenberg was cooperating with investigators when he told reporters that Gaetz is “not feeling very comfortable today.”