A Florida man was charged with extorting Representative Gaetz’s family.
WASHINGTON — A Florida man was indicted by federal prosecutors on Tuesday. The man tried to defraud Don Gaetz, the father of U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, of $25 million allegedly related to a criminal investigation.
Prosecutors accused 62-year-old Stephen Alford of trying to defraud $25 million by contacting Don Gaetz. The congressman is convicted of allegedly having sex with a minor and is under investigation. Regarding the investigation, Alford claimed that he could help Gaetz get a pardon from former president Donald Trump.
The investigation does not directly refer to the pro-Trump lawmaker or the man (his father) who was the former president of the Florida Senate. However, according to the investigation, Gaetz demonstrated an extortion plan against him, and these documents were published, prompting widespread scrutiny.
“Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Gaetz had sex with a child,” a law enforcement agency told Reuters and other news outlets. He has not faced any crime so far, but he has repeatedly said that he made the wrong move.”
Alford did not deny that he approached the Gaetz family for money, telling the Northwest Florida Daily earlier this year. He said he and his friends were trying to partner with the Gaetz family to rescue Robert Levinson, a CIA agent who went missing in 2007.
The case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by the Florida Northern District U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to the press release, Alford could face up to 25 years in prison for all his crimes.
According to the records, it is not yet known whether Alford has a lawyer.
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