Stephen Alford, 62, admitted to engaging in a scheme where the contacted Don Gaetz, a prominent Republican politician and a former member of the Florida State Senate, and demanded the $25 million.
Prosecutors say that Alford falsely claimed he could help Don Gaetz, who he frequently referred to as ‘DG’ in Alford’s guilty plea, obtain a pardon from President Joe Biden if he paid up. The guilty plea shows Alford saying that he and former federal prosecutor David McGee could “stop any investigation into DG’s family member.”
Matt Gaetz is currently under criminal investigation over an allegation that he sex trafficked a minor. He has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them a smear job, and has not been criminally charged. Gaetz remains steadfast on his stance that he will not resign from congress.
Alford’s sentencing is set for Feb. 16 before District Judge M. Casey Rodgers. He is facing up to 20 years of prison followed by supervised release, according to the Justice Department. Politico reported he could also face a fine of up to $250,000.
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK TIMES
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