YouTube NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! A federal judge in Florida sentenced a Florida man who admitted to trying to swindle a member of Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) family to 63 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, on Monday.
After confessing the previous month to participating in a conspiracy involving a string of emails between himself and Gaetz’s father, former state Senate president Don Gaetz, Stephen Alford, 62, pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in December.
Alford promised Don Gaetz that preparations would be made for President Joe Biden to pardon Matt Gaetz in the federal sex trafficking inquiry the legislator is facing if he assisted in freeing a U.S. hostage in Iran.
Alford asserted that he had connections to the president.
Florida teenager, 14, and mother are accused with stealing a national identity.
According to WEAR-TV, the fraudster’s sentencing was postponed five times. Alford would be given credit for time served, according to federal judge Casey Rogers in Pensacola.
When the FBI first questioned Don Gaetz in March 2021 regarding his conversations with Alford and another person known only as “Person A,” the plot was uncovered.
After a body camera video shows a Florida deputy pulling a gun on a pregnant driver during a traffic stop, the deputy resigns.
Four days before to the interview, Don Gaetz told investigators he had received a text from “Person A” asking for a meeting to discuss “the ongoing investigation and the impending indictment against Matt Gaetz,” according to the Northwest Florida Daily News.
These conversations had place as Matt Gaetz was reportedly under investigation for possible sex crimes. The Republican legislator, who rejects the accusations, has not been charged criminally.