The day he was accused of stalking a political rival, Joel Greenberg had several IDs stolen from his work vehicle, a couple of forged ones in his wallet, and supplies to do more in his office – evidence that he was regularly abusing his position. to steal the identities of constituents, according to federal authorities.
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Inside the work vehicle of the former Seminole tax collector-elect, agents found Greenberg’s backpack, which had three licenses from Canada, Virginia and Florida, belonging to Seminole County residents who had recently obtained new Florida licenses.
Meanwhile, employees of the tax collector’s office told agents they had seen Greenberg take licenses delivered from the agency’s “shredding basket” prior to its destruction. When asked what he was doing, Greenberg gave suspicious explanations – which federal authorities now say are lies.
Greenberg, who resigned his post and abandoned his candidacy for a second term after being arrested last month, is also suspected of using the Florida Driver and Vehicle Information Database “to conduct inappropriate and unauthorized searches of multiple people using your account and another employee’s account ”.
Those details and others – which prosecutors say prove Greenberg was working to make false identifications more credible – emerged in a Monday court filing by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, which is prosecuting him. for identity theft and fraud charges.
Vincent Citro, a white-collar criminal defense attorney representing Greenberg, declined to comment.
Greenberg “had a common scheme and plan to use his position as a Seminole County tax collector to steal surrendered licenses that he would use to produce fake driver’s licenses for himself … And plan to pretend to be different people from him and assume his identities, “said Assistant United States Attorney Roger Handberg in the court filing.
However, it is unclear for what specific purpose Greenberg was allegedly creating the counterfeit ID cards.
According to the document, the “theft of driver’s licenses issued by Greenberg continued until his last day in office,” on June 24, the day after the first federal indictment against him was revealed. That day, an employee informed agents that they had seen licenses issued at Greenberg’s office.
“The employee asked Greenberg why he had those licenses issued,” Handberg wrote. “Greenberg responded that the compilation of the licenses were ‘lost and found’, which was another lie.”
When caught taking leave on a previous occasion, Greenberg gave a worker “an excuse that had something to do with ‘demographics'” – also a lie, Handberg wrote.
Also found in Greenberg’s office during the search: a copy of a hard copy of the DAVID system – a database of driver information generally used for traffic and law enforcement purposes – with the personal information of a Seminole resident who had obtained a new driver’s license on December 12.
“The date DAVID’s document was printed was December 13, 2019, which is consistent with Greenberg investigating another possible identity theft victim,” Handberg wrote.
Greenberg also had pieces of weapons permit cards hidden in his office, federal authorities say.
That and other evidence “proves [n] that Greenberg was practicing the production of IDs using concealed weapons permits and that he was experimenting with the use of the concealed weapons permit security band in an effort to make the IDs he was producing appear legitimate, “Handberg wrote.
During the time the Tax Collector’s Office closed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Greenberg “called one of his employees to help him fix a problem with a printer that produces concealed gun permits. Since the concealed weapons permit portion of the office was closed, it was not necessary for Greenberg to use that printer, ”according to the document.
Other employees also reported that they saw Greenberg “mess with” the computer equipment that is used to print concealed weapons permits.
The raids on Greenberg’s home in the gated community of Heathrow and on the Lake Mary office occurred on June 23. That same day, a federal grand jury was revealed that charged Greenberg with stalking a political rival, Brian Beute, a professor of fine arts at Trinity Preparatory School . Beute is running to replace Greenberg in the Aug. 18 Republican primary.
That raid on his home on the morning Greenberg was arrested, officers took his and his wife’s cell phones, an electronic device used by their 3-year-old son, birth certificates, Social Security cards and other documents belonging to Greenberg and his family.
According to Handberg’s latest submission, the letters Greenberg had sent to Trinity Prep , written as if they came from a “concerned student,” falsely accused Beute of the “rape of a student who came to [Beute] for advice. on the student’s sexuality “.
The letters also falsely claimed that Beute had videotaped one of the encounters.
Local authorities found no evidence that Beute had participated in any criminal activity against a child. Greenberg also created an impostor Twitter account for Beute that falsely indicated that he was a segregationist and white supremacist, according to federal authorities.
Greenberg, 35, was elected in 2016 as a political newcomer. And since taking office, his tenure has been marred by one controversy after another – including posting anti-Muslim tirades on social media – handing out lucrative contracts to close friends with funds from the tax collector, setting up a Blockchain business. within his government office, allowing employees to openly carry firearms and detain a woman for speeding while wearing her tax collector’s badge.
In August 2017, just eight months after taking office, Greenberg was the focus of an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. State agents investigated allegations by an employee that Greenberg asked him to hack into Seminole government computers, along with the purchase of a former bank building in Winter Springs that is now a branch. But state authorities never charged Greenberg with any crime, saying the charges could not be “independently verified or developed at this time.”
Greenberg abandoned his bid for reelection.
A trial date for the federal charges against Greenberg will likely be set after Sept. 30, according to court records.