One of the men that U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz accused of being behind a plot to extort $ 25 million from his family in exchange for the cancellation of a federal sex investigation against the congressman was charged Tuesday with wire fraud and attempting to prevent authorities from displaying his iPhone.
A federal grand jury has indicted Stephen Alford, 62, in Pensacola, Florida.
The indictment does not name the victims or other alleged participants.
The indictment indicated that Alford was part of a scheme to obtain $ 25 million from a person identified only as “CEO”. release of a person identified only as “RL”
Matt Gaetz’s father is Don Gaetz, former Speaker of the Florida Senate. Other people who approached Don Gaetz have said in reports that they want to free Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran more than ten years ago.
Matt Gaetz, who represents parts of West Florida, is under federal investigation into charges he allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old girl and paid her to travel with him, the Associated Press previously reported. He has denied ever having had a relationship with underage girls and says the allegations are false.
The congressman had previously said the allegations were part of an extortion plot.
Alford’s indictment was under seal, so it was impossible to know from court records if he had a lawyer. A press release from the Department of Justice said Alford made his first court appearance on Tuesday.
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