ORLANDO, Fla. – Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg was arrested Tuesday after prosecutors said he violated the conditions of his bail release by traveling to Jupiter.
Greenberg is awaiting the start of his federal trial this spring on federal stalking charges, illegal use of means to identify another person, presentation of false identification and identification documents, aggravated identity theft, sex trafficking of a child and violation of the Driver Privacy Protection Law.
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A public affairs specialist with the US Attorney’s Office confirmed by email that Greenberg was arrested Tuesday night for violating bail.
Greenberg appeared before a judge at 2:30 pm Wednesday for the bond violation. Prosecutors said he violated his pretrial freedom by traveling to Jupiter on Sunday and leaving after his curfew, which is from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.
His ankle monitor went off to notify authorities and Greenberg contacted Jupiter police, according to prosecutors.
His lawyer Fritz Scheller said he was in the area for family reasons. Greenberg wanted to address the court, but Scheller wouldn’t let him.
“I am not going to get into the merits of the accusations. You know, we stipulate them. They were technical violations. It is a difficult process, obviously, being in curfew. It seems like it’s relatively easy, but it’s not, ”Scheller said.
On Friday, both parties agreed to ease Greenberg’s bail restrictions, but it’s unclear why, as those court records are sealed.
Greenberg, 35, served as a Seminole County tax collector from January 2017 to June 24, 2020, when he resigned after his indictment.
An audit of Greenberg’s years in office found that he had wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on purchases that included bulletproof vests and a sprinkler system to target applicants.
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Greenberg is accused of stalking his political opponent by creating fake social media accounts and spreading a false rumor that his opponent sexually abused a student, using information from issued driver’s licenses to make false identifications with his photo, trying to create fake permits for concealed weapons. and the use of false identifications for people with whom he was involved in “sweet daddy relationships” so that they could “engage in commercial sex acts” despite being minors.
He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial was scheduled for March, but Greenberg recently hired a new attorney, which could delay the process again.
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