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Man Pleads Guilty In Attempt to Extort Gaetz’s Father; Rep. Gaetz Says It Proves His Innocence

A Florida man pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after attempting to obtain $25 million from the family of Rep. Matt Gaetz, federal prosecutors announced on Monday.

Stephen Alford, 62, appeared in federal court in Pensacola and admitted to orchestrating an extortion scheme against Don Gaetz, the congressman's wealthy father, and making false promises that he could secure a presidential pardon for his son, who has been linked to a sex-trafficking investigation.

The announcement by the Justice Department marks a turnaround as Alford initially entered a not guilty plea. A charge of tampering with evidence was tossed, according to Northwest Florida Daily News .

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.

Alford, who court records show was previously convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison, allegedly oversaw the scheme's development between March 16 and April 7 and supplied someone identified as "Person A" with D.G.'s [identified as Don Gaetz] phone number to discuss the release of "R.L." from captivity in Iran.

R.L. is believed to be former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007. Levinson's family said in March 2020 they presume he is dead.

Person A also broached the topic of a "current federal investigation" to a family member of D.G., according to an indictment returned by a federal grand jury, and promised to help secure a presidential pardon for the family member.

Matt Gaetz shared documentation , including text message screenshots, an email, and a typed document with the Washington Examiner purporting to show former Air Force intelligence officer Bob Kent proposing to Don Gaetz “a plan that can make [Matt Gaetz’s] future legal and political problems go away.”

Kent confirmed the authenticity of the documentation but denied it was an extortion plot. "I never threatened the man. Matter of fact, it was the opposite. I told him if he decides not to help us, he'll never hear from me again," Kent said in an April 5 interview.

Comments (3)

Yeah, nice try. roll eyes

It just proves someone tried to scam Matt Gaetz's father out of money.
That scammer probably thought that the Gaetz family would do anything
to get Matt out of a desperate situation.

The DOJ already has a Matt Gaetz associate pleading guilty and cooperating
as a witness against Matt Gaetz regarding the same crimes.
Matt will likely spend a long time in jail after he
goes to trial, unless he too deports to Belize before the indictment.
Sorry Jimmy. This debunks your theory and your blog on Gaetz.
Next time get the facts. Just the facts.
Willy, I'm not sure how you could possibly believe that.
But, if you want to believe it, you go right ahead. comfort
However, you may also want to close your eyes and cover your ears,
when Matt's actual trial takes place.

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