Former Seminole County Tax Collector indicted on 21 more charges
Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg has been indicted on 21 more charges.
Greenberg is already facing charges of stalking a political opponent and sex trafficking of a minor. He was then caught violating his nightly curfew earlier this month after bonding out because he left Central Florida to see his wife in Jupiter, an incident report revealed.
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Now, after the release of a new indictment, Greenberg faces 21 more federal charges, bringing the total number of federal charges he faces to 33.
The charges include embezzling more than $400,000 from the Tax Collectors office for personal use, buying himself cryptocurrency to operate a business selling cryptocurrency mining machines. He also purchased personal items, like autographed Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan memorabilia.
Brian Bieber, the attorney for the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office, said that no employees of the office knew about any of this and if the allegations are true, "Greenberg will be required by law to repay every dollar that was misappropriated from the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office, which essentially would be money that was misappropriated or taken directly out of the wallets of Seminole County taxpayers."
There are said to now be new safeguards in place at the Seminole County Tax Collector's Office to prevent any fraud from happening in the future.
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Feds also accused Greenberg of bribing a Small Business Administration employee to help him fraudulently obtain loans meant for small business relief due to COVID-19.
Greenberg resigned June 25, 2020, the day after his first arrest. He was released on bond but is back in jail after violating bond conditions earlier this month.
He will be in federal court again on Friday, April 9th.
Tune in to FOX 35 Orlando as we uncover more details about the new charges.