Another figure in Matt Gaetz investigation pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate with the feds

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A Florida collectibles dealer and former shock jock, "Big Joe" Ellicott, agreed to plead guilty earlier this week to conspiracy to commit fraud and drug charges, and committed to "cooperate fully with the United States in the investigation and prosecution of other people" and to testify against them, Politico reported Wednesday. The "other people" part is of interest because Ellicott was named on a December 2020 subpoena, along with Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), regarding an investigation "involving commercial sex acts with adult and minor women, as well as obstruction of justice."

Gaetz and Ellicott's lawyer say the two men were only loosely acquainted. But Ellicott was good friends with former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, Gaetz's "wingman" and central to the investigation into whether Gaetz paid for sex with a 17-year-old and then obstructed justice. Gaetz has repeatedly denied that allegation.

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