Federal Prosecutors Ask For Lenient Sentencing for Joel Greenberg

Joel Greenberg, former Seminole County tax collector and Matt Gaetz wingman, pleaded guilty last year to six federal charges including child sex trafficking and aggravated identity theft. As part of a plea deal, Greenberg agreed to cooperate with federal authorities on other, undisclosed criminal investigations.

On Thursday, prosecutors filed a motion asking the judge for a reduction in the sentence for Greenberg’s most serious offense involving child sex trafficking. That charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.

The motion does not specify the exact sentencing recommended, but that Greenberg should receive a ten-level reduction in his offense level for his assistance.

Prosecutors said Greenberg’s help led to substantial help in several cases, including “other matters” that were provided in a sealed supplemental memorandum.