Rep. Gaetz Investigation Names New Associate

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The federal investigation surrounding Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz has named another associate days after former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg plead guilty to six crimes in Federal court this week. The recently named associate in the subpoena is Joel Ellicott, an associate of Greenberg.

The Hill reports:

The subpoena, which was issued on Dec. 28, says the grand jury is investigating alleged crimes “involving commercial sex acts with adult and minor women, as well as obstruction of justice.” It is looking to obtain any communications, documents, recordings and payments the subpoena’s recipient had with Ellicott, Gaetz and Greenberg since the start of 2016.

Two sources familiar with the inquiry told Politico that Ellicot is also being investigated over allegations he engaged in sex trafficking with a minor.

Ellicot was a close friend of Greenberg who was later hired to be part of his office once Greenberg was elected as a tax collector. Ellicot was ultimately accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked in the Seminole County tax collecting office.

Greenberg admitted this week as part of his plea deal that he recruited women for commercial sex acts and paid them more than $70,000 between 2016 and 2018. He also said he paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men and introduced the underage girl to others who also “engaged in commercial sex acts.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz has denied any wrongdoing and said he will not resign from Congress.

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