According to the indictment, Alford said he could “guarantee” that one of Don Gaetz’s family would not go to jail if the money Alford demanded was paid. Don Gaetz told POLITICO in March that he wore a thread at the request of the FBI. Many of the quotes and details of the indictment appear to come from the discussions he recorded.
The indictment refers to Don Gaetz, a former head of the Florida State Senate, as “DG” and describes the investigation to be shut down as “by the FBI for various issues of public corruption and of public integrity ”.
Matt Gaetz is still under federal investigation over his travels with young women and the payments he made to women he had sex with. He denied having sex with an underage person and described the payments as ordinary for people who are dating.
No charges against Gaetz have been filed, although investigators have interviewed many of his associates, including former girlfriends.
The legislature also sought to use the alleged attempt at shakedown to discredit the federal investigation into his conduct.
It’s unclear how, why, or if Alford thought he could get President Joe Biden to pardon Gaetz, a populist Republican lawmaker and prominent supporter of President Donald Trump. Alford has reportedly indicated that he has ties to people in the Justice Department who may facilitate Biden’s pardon for Gaetz.
Gaetz came under additional pressure in May when a longtime friend Joel Greenberg agreed to cooperate with prosecutors and plead guilty to six federal counts, including sex trafficking of a minor. Greenberg provided information to prosecutors before and after the guilty pleas, according to his lawyers. He awaits the conviction.
The new indictment handed over by a grand jury to Pensacola alleges that Alford’s $ 25 million claim ultimately declined to $ 15.5 million. The sum was to be paid via the trust account of a law firm, specifies the indictment, without identifying the firm.
Alford has previously been convicted of federal fraud charges and faced a state fraud case in 2015. Federal prosecutors said in a press release he appeared in federal court on Tuesday for the news. charges and that he was currently in the custody of the US Marshals Service.