Ex-Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg agrees to pay Seminole County nearly $2M in restitution


By Will Steakin
Former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz explains how the development could bring further scrutiny to the GOP Florida congressman. Greg Nash/Getty Images, FILE

Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, the one-time associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz who in May pled guilty to multiple charges including sex trafficking a minor, has reached a verbal agreement to pay back the county over $1.8 million in restitution, according to the Seminole County attorney.

County Attorney Bryant Applegate told Seminole County commissioners on Tuesday that he had reached a "verbal" deal for Greenberg -- Gaetz's self-described one-time wingman -- to pay back nearly $1.9 million in restitution related to his time in office, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to ABC News.

If Greenberg fails to pay the restitution, the county will move to go after other entities, the source said.

Publish : 2021-12-15 19:21:00

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