In 2016, few knew much about the 31-year-old man who just scored an upset victory to win public office in Seminole County. A constant stream of odd news and controversies began almost as soon as he started the job. Still, he became a rising star in local Republican politics and accumulated powerful friends. And now Greenberg faces a staggering 33 federal charges. And the outcome of this case threatens to ensnare some of Greenberg's closest allies, including congressman Matt Gaetz. From the Orlando Sentinel, this is the story of Joel Greenberg: the man, the scandal and the players.
The rise and fall of Joel Greenberg | Ep. 3
Before Joel Greenberg was a central figure in a national political scandal involving Congressman Matt Gaetz, he was a font of local controversies — a disruptor, a lightning rod, a rising star, and a cautionary tale.
Troubled youth (3:01)
The 2016 election victory (5:46)
Butting heads with elected officials (8:32)
Greenberg’s “cowboy manner” (12:53)
Bombshell drops (17:53)
Malware scheme (22:30)
Greenberg’s charming side (23:37)
Matt Gaetz and Joel Greenberg: A political friendship | Ep. 2
At one time, Congressman Matt Gaetz considered Joel Greenberg his wingman. Now, Greenberg is a pariah, and their friendship, for Gaetz, is a liability.
Matt Gaetz: A child of political royalty (3:09)
Sex game rumor (4:37)
“Revenge porn” (5:53)
Going full MAGA (7:33)
Joel Greenberg's powerful friends (10:50)
The dark side to Gaetz-Greenberg friendship (14:33)
Who is Jason Pirozzolo? (17:54)
Florida’s medical marijuana gold rush (20:29)
Pirozzolo's political influence (20:23)
Joel Greenberg: The Man. The Scandal. The Players. (TRAILER)
In 2016, few knew much about the 31-year-old man who’d just scored an upset victory to win public office in Seminole County. A constant stream of odd news and controversies began almost as soon as Joel Greenberg started the job. Still, he became a rising star in local Republican politics – and accumulated powerful friends. And now Greenberg faces a staggering 33 federal charges. And the outcome of this case threatens to ensnare some of Greenberg’s closest allies, including Congressman Matt Gaetz.
The criminal case against Joel Greenberg | 1
In this episode of Joel Greenberg: The Man, The Scandal, The Players, we start by diving into the criminal case against Greenberg, the potential penalties he faced if he’d gone to trial and what exactly he’s accused of — as well as whether he could have faced justice any sooner.
What launched the criminal investigation (2:32)
From fake IDs to sex trafficking (7:05)
CARES Act loans (8:58)
Early brushes with the law (15:36)
From local to national story (19:55)
The pros at the Orlando Sentinel full in all the gaps. Truly excellent and timely excellent local audio journalism.
Excellent podcast, very informative
This is a must listen for anyone who wants to learn more about the jaw-dropping case of scummy politician Joel Greenberg and those he touched. Congrats to all involved in its creation. Keep the episodes coming!
Finally! The truth about FL corruption!
Finally, some is telling the truth about what we’ve all know for decades. The Former Guy may be gone but all the seedlings he left sowed need to be sprayed with insecticide and pulled out by the ROOTS. Thank you!