Bodycam footage has emerged of Matt Gaetz‘s old wingman, Joel Greenberg, being quizzed by cops at his in-laws’ home in Jupiter, Florida, after his terrified mother-in-law called 911 because he’d shown up after driving 170 miles to find his wife while he was on parole for sex trafficking a minor.
Greenberg has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor as part of a deal with prosecutors that he agreed to in exchange for testifying against Gaetz.
Greenberg has told police and prosecutors that he, along with other adult men, drugged and sexually trafficked a 17-year-old girl across state lines.
Gaetz, the Republican Congressman for Florida’s 1st district, has not been arrested or charged with any crime. He denies ever sex trafficking anyone.
Greenberg, a disgraced tax collector, was arrested last June on 33 counts including sex trafficking a minor.
When he was arrested, he told prosecutors that it was Gaetz who he’d trafficked the girl with, in the hope of getting a lighter sentence.
His wife Abby left him to go and stay with her mother in Jupiter, Florida. He was meant to stay in Mary County, in Orlando, as per the terms of his bail.
But on February 28, he drove 170 miles to Abby’s mother’s apartment, hoping to see her.
The mother – Ashleigh Dunn – was so afraid that she hid in a bedroom and called 911.
Cops arrived but he was not arrested because they couldn’t get a hold of his probation officer.
Joel Greenberg is shown in police bodycam footage after driving 170 miles to his mother-in-law’s apartment on February 28, looking for his wife. He was on bail for sex trafficking a minor at the time and shouldn’t have left the county where he lives in Orlando
Greenberg, holding a mug, is shown outside the apartment. His wife’s mother called 911 and hid in a bedroom. They all said they were afraid of him because at the time, he had nothing to lose. He’d just been charged with 33 counts and was trying to negotiate with prosecutors
Greenberg, a former tax collector in Florida, with his wife Abby and their two kids
One of Abby’s friends was also in the home and Joel mistook her for his wife.
Greenberg in his mugshot from June 2020
In the bodycam footage, he told police: ‘I went upstairs and said, ‘hey sweetheart.’…she turns over and it’s not her! I’m like, ‘where’s my wife?!’
Abby is also heard telling police that she is afraid of her husband and she is only staying with him because his parents bought her a home.
‘The only reason I live with him is that his parents have literally purchased me a new home.
‘I just haven’t moved in because I am really afraid…you know what happens when a person has nothing to lose?’ she said.
Greenberg had been facing 33 counts with a maximum of life behind bars but his plea deal, filed last week, reveals he has reached a deal to plead guilty to just six of those charges; sex trafficking a child, using a fake ID, identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiring to commit a crime against the US.
The plea deal doesn’t specify what he’ll be sentenced to but it does confirm he will cooperate with the ongoing investigation into Gaetz, and testify at court if necessary.
Gaetz (pictured in DC today) is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and trafficking her across state lines. Gaetz has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime
The most severe charge he will plead to is paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, trafficking her across state lines and giving her drugs with other men – which is what might implicate Gaetz.
The sex trafficking charge has a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
The charges that have been dropped include four domestic violence charges, one sex trafficking charge, nine fraud charges, bribing a public official, and a range of lesser identity theft and fraud charges.
Prosecutors say depending on how much he assists them going forward, they’ll recommend various levels of leniency when it comes to Greenberg’s sentencing.
Greenberg, a disgraced tax collector, also has to forfeit $650,000. He was arrested last year and immediately started telling the feds about Gaetz and how they ‘sex trafficked’ together to get himself a deal.
In March, it was revealed that Gaetz is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and trafficking her across state lines. Investigators are also looking into allegations he paid women for ecstasy-fueled sex at Florida hotels after being introduced to them by Greenberg.
Gaetz has repeatedly denied having sex with a 17-year-old and said he has never paid for sex. He has not been charged with any crime.
For prosecutors to agree to reduce the charges from a staggering 33 to just six indicates that Greenberg has handed over information that is of significant value, legal experts told Business Insider on Thursday.
Sherine Ebadi, a former FBI agent who worked on the case against the former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, said she expects Gaetz will be ‘concerned’ about Greenberg’s plans.
‘What Gaetz would be concerned about is if there’s a cooperation agreement in this matter that involves the defendant flipping on him,’ she said.
‘That gets scary for coconspirators because they know someone who’s either aware of their crimes or someone they coconspired with is now working with the government.’
Greenberg was first arrested on charges of identity theft and stalking a political opponent last June.
An indictment alleged he mailed fake letters to his opponent’s school claiming sexual misconduct.
Roger Stone, Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg pictured in a selfie together in 2017. Matt Gaetz ‘s alleged wingman Joel Greenberg has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to six felony counts
Joel Greenberg’s plea deal reveals he will testify against anyone who is charged as part of the ongoing sex trafficking investigation – which spells trouble for his friend Matt Gaetz