Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz is almost certainly going to be indicted soon on sexual assault charges for his escapades involving underage girls, and a wingman, Joel Greenberg, already flipping on him to avoid the worst federal tax fraud charges, but now the question is rapidly evolving into just how many other Florida Republicans Gaetz and Greenberg take down with them.
Since federal prosecutors obtained the cooperation of GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz's once close-ally in May, sources tell ABC News the ongoing investigation, which includes sex trafficking allegations involving Gaetz, has engulfed the tight-knit Central Florida political scene as prosecutors continue their investigation of the Florida congressman.
Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, who reached a plea deal last month, has been assisting federal agents in the sprawling probe that has recently revved up its focus on alleged corruption and fraud stemming from Greenberg's time in office and beyond, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.
The former tax collector pleaded guilty in May to a host of crimes including charges of stalking, identity theft, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe a public official, as well as a sex trafficking charge. Greenberg is prepared to hand over evidence and testimony that could implicate Gaetz and others, sources told ABC News.
Sources told ABC News that prosecutors believe a decision about whether or not to bring charges against Gaetz could come as early as July.
Sources said the probe into the congressman has ramped up in recent weeks. Investigators have started interviewing more women who were allegedly introduced to Gaetz through Greenberg, who last month pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl -- who later went on to work in pornography -- and introducing her to other "adult men." Since May, a new round of target letters and subpoenas in the wide-ranging investigation have been sent out, ABC News has learned.
Another avenue investigators have been focusing on recently, according to sources, are contracts that Greenberg handed out through the tax office totaling more than $1.5 million, which an independent audit late last year described as "unnecessary" and "considered to be a waste of taxpayer dollars," according to documents in the forensic audit of the tax office obtained by ABC News through a public records request.
Sources told ABC News that investigators have reached out to Keith Ingersoll, whose firm KI Consulting had a $48,000 contract with the tax office that ran between January 2017 and September 2020. The audit found that there was "no evidence of work product" by Ingersoll's group despite the multi-year contract and staff at the tax office being "unaware what this group did."
Ingersoll's attorney did not respond to multiple requests for comment from ABC News.
So the feds appear to suspect that Greenberg's massive multi million-dollar tax fraud scheme -- which he's already plead guilty to, mind you --was in fact used to pay underage girls for sex for multiple Republicans in Central Florida, not just Matt Gaetz. And let's not forget, this girls were 100% victimized by adults here. They are not the villains. They deserve justice. They were used and abused, and Gaetz and his asshole bros need to pay for a good, long time.
I suspect things are going to get very bad, very quickly for Gaetz and a lot of the GOP when the indictments start raining down like a Florida thunderstorm. I should only be so lucky if this all ends up pointing to Gov. Ron DeSantis, too.
Stay tuned, folks.