What I find crazy is that he got 33 charges reduced to 6.
In addition to trafficking, Greenberg will plead to charges of identity theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official. Prior to striking a deal, he was facing 33 federal charges.
Joel Greenberg, Seminole County’s disgraced former tax collector, has agreed to plead guilty to six federal crimes — including sex trafficking of a child — in a deal that calls for him to cooperate with federal investigators, according to a plea agreement released Friday.
I recognize that the six he’s being charged for are some of the most egregious, but that’s a lot of dropped charges.
Also, take a look at that 1 that is in bold. This is very likely a reference to Roger stone’s attempt to get Joel Greenberg a pardon from Trump.
(Edit: no it’s not. Nobody has even been charged in the pardon scheme so there is no reason that it would be mentioned in this plea deal and I feel silly.)
Seems as though the dam is beginning to break, folks.
Edit: Somebody has told me that outlets are reporting that it was related to PPP fraud and I did find an article from last month’s that discusses the new charges.
On March 30, the Justice Department unveiled new charges against Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector. Buried within the court filing are allegations that Greenberg bribed an unnamed Small Business Administration insider to fraudulently obtain nearly $433,000 in Economic Injury Disaster loans. It’s the first public case of fraud in these pandemic loan programs attributed to corruption within the agency’s own ranks.
And I have confirmed that the count’s match up by comparing law and crime’s copy with old reporting.
July 17, 2020 – Greenberg allegedly bribed a Small Business Administration employee by sending her $3,000 for her assistance preparing and processing the loan applications. (Ct. 26, 27 of 3rd superseding indictment)
Kind of bummed that it wasn’t as great as my expectations, but I do hope that we see future developments on the Stone pardon connection.
I got too excited and forgot to consider due process. After all, I don’t believe that any charges have been filed against Greenberg or Stone in relation to his discussions with Roger stone. There is still a lot of time for the pieces to fall into place and I hope Greenberg continues to cooperate with investigators.