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Friend Of Charged Tax Collector Associated With Repetition. Matt Gaetz Guilty On Fraud, Drug Charges

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An old worker at work of the Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an analysis into U.S. Repetition. Matt Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges.

Court papers demonstrated that Frederick Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services fraud and distribution of the controlled substance.

Ellicott would be a friend of former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg and it was hired like a special projects manager within the tax collector’s office. 

Greenberg is presently in prison waiting for sentencing in federal court in March. He’s facing as much as 12 years imprisonment after pleading guilty last May to 6 federal crimes, including sex trafficking of a kid, id theft, stalking, wire fraud and conspiracy to bribe an open official.

Court papers stated that Ellicott offered being an intermediary for any bribe and kickback plan between Greenberg as well as an outdoors contractor after Greenberg required office in 2017. The contractor posted inflated invoices towards the tax collector’s office in return for having to pay Greenberg $6,000, based on court papers.

Court papers also stated that Ellicott earned $5,000 over 2 yrs by selling Adderall, a medication accustomed to treat adhd.

Each charge has a maximum sentence of twenty years imprisonment, though court papers recommended prosecutors asks at a lower price time. Underneath the plea deal, Ellicott is needed to repay anything he earned unlawfully to Seminole County and cooperate with federal government bodies within their ongoing analysis.

Greenberg’s plea agreement with prosecutors also requires ongoing cooperation by having an ongoing probe into sex trafficking. 

His cooperation could lead to a continuing analysis into Gaetz, a Republican who represents a lot of the Florida Panhandle. Gaetz was charged with having to pay a 17-year-old girl for sex. He’s denied the allegations and formerly stated these were a part of an extortion plot.

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