Matt Gaetz's 'wingman' Joel Greenberg will appear in court on Monday to plead guilty to six counts of fraud and sex crimes, it was reported on Friday - and will accuse Gaetz of paying an escort for sex after a cocaine-fueled party at a Republican fundraiser.
Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector, will accuse Gaetz of paying at least 15 young women for sex, The Daily Beast reported.
Among them is Megan Zalonka, an escort and amateur Instagram model, who was Gaetz's date in October 2019 at the Trump Defender Gala in Orlando.
After the gala, an after-party was held in Gaetz's hotel room, The Daily Beast reported.
Zalonka chopped up lines of cocaine, which she and Gaetz took together.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Two sources told the site that the 28-year-old Zalonka and the Florida congressman had an ongoing financial relationship in exchange for sex.
Megan Zalonka (right) is pictured with Gaetz, who reportedly paid her for cocaine-fueled sex
'She was just one of the many pieces of arm candy he had,' said one source familiar with the encounters between Gaetz and Zalonka.
The congressman wrote off the stay at the hotel as a campaign expense, with his donors picking up the tab.
Zalonka had, in 2017, used her relationship with Greenberg - who according to reports worked to procure women for Gaetz - to secure a $3,500-a-month social media job.
She was paid with taxpayer funds, and yet never worked in the office, and did not appear to do any work.
She earnt up to $17,500 from Greenberg, the site reported.
Accountant Daniel J. O'Keefe, who led a forensic audit of Greenberg's alleged self-dealing, said tax collector employees told him the woman behind the company was a mystery.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
O'Keefe added that he found no proof Zalonka ever provided the services itemized in her contract with Greenberg.
'I have no idea what they were doing. And employees wouldn't know what they were doing. Totally a no-show job,' O'Keefe said.
'There's no work product, no evidence work was done. It's just unbelievable.'
Roger Stone, Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg pictured in a selfie together in 2017. Matt Gaetz 's alleged wingman Joel Greenberg has reportedly agreed to plead guilty to six felony counts
Greenberg, who is married, would also transfer large sums of cash to Zalonka via Venmo - one of 40 women the 37-year-old regularly paid.
Gaetz has denied ever paying women for sex.
A public relations firm he has hired, Logan Circle Group, said in a statement: 'Congressman Gaetz won't be commenting on whether he dated or didn't date specific women.
'The privacy of women living private lives should be protected.'
Harlan Hill, the president of the firm, did not address questions about cocaine, the party, or the fundraiser, when asked by The Daily Beast.
Mark J. O'Brien, a criminal defense lawyer, said the allegations about Zalonka were not 'accurate' but said she would not be clarifying.
Zalonka is currently communications director for the American Medical Marijuana Physicians Association - a group founded by Gaetz's friends, and which he has openly supported.
On Friday morning federal prosecutors dropped 27 charges against Greenberg in exchange for his cooperation and testimony.
Greenberg had been facing 33 counts with a maximum of life behind bars but his plea deal reveals he has reached a deal to plead guilty to just six of those charges; sex trafficking a child, using a fake ID, identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiring to commit a crime against the US.
The plea deal doesn't specify what he'll be sentenced to but it does confirm he will cooperate with the ongoing investigation into Gaetz, and testify at court if necessary.
The most severe charge he will plead to is paying a 17-year-old girl for sex, trafficking her across state lines and giving her drugs with other men - which is what might implicate Gaetz.
The sex trafficking charge has a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.
The charges that have been dropped include four domestic violence charges, one sex trafficking charge, nine fraud charges, bribing a public official, and a range of lesser identity theft and fraud charges.
Prosecutors say depending on how much he assists them going forward, they'll recommend various levels of leniency when it comes to Greenberg's sentencing.
Greenberg, a disgraced tax collector, also has to forfeit $650,000.
He was arrested last year and immediately started telling the feds about Gaetz and how they 'sex trafficked' together to get himself a deal.
It wasn't clear that it had worked for him until now.
Joel Greenberg's plea deal reveals he will testify against anyone who is charged as part of the ongoing sex trafficking investigation - which spells trouble for his friend Matt Gaetz
Gaetz (pictured in DC today) is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and trafficking her across state lines. Gaetz has denied the allegations and has not been charged with any crime
In March, it was revealed that Gaetz is under investigation for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl and trafficking her across state