Matt Gaetz’s indicted associate Joel Greenberg has been cooperating with the feds against him since last year, according to a report from the New York Times.
Greenberg began speaking with investigators “once he realized that the government had overwhelming evidence against him and that his only path to leniency lay in cooperation,” the Times reported.
He has met several times with investigators to established his trustworthiness since being a fraudster, among other things could undermine his credibility.
Greenberg has given investigators information about an “array of topics,” the report said, including encounters that he and Gaetz allegedly had with women who were given cash and gifts in exchange for sex.
Greenberg has been charged with 33 counts, including carrying out the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.
The NYT report comes after prosecutors and Greenberg’s defense attorneys told a judge that they were close to reaching a plea deal. The terms of the deal are not yet known but Greenberg’s attorney told reporters last week that he was “sure Matt Gaetz is not feeling very comfortable today.”
Gaetz is under federal investigation for alleged sex trafficking of a minor and prostitution. He has denied the allegations and tried to frame them as a smear campaign against him by his political enemies and the media.