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New Indictment For Former Tax Collector Joel Greenberg


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Joel M. Greenberg. File photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

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New federal charges have been filed against former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg. The new indictment includes a charge of child sex trafficking. 

According to the indictment, Greenberg obtained personal information from the Florida Driver and Vehicle Identification Database, including information about individuals with whom he was engaged in “sugar daddy” relationships. 

The charges allege that sometime in 2017, Greenberg used information to “facilitate his efforts to engage in commercial sex acts” with a girl between the ages of 14 and 18. 

He’s also charged with using driver’s licenses that had been surrendered to the tax collector’s office to create fake driver’s licenses. 

In a statement, Greenberg’s attorney Vincent Citro said Greenberg denies the allegations. 

We vigorously deny the allegations in the second superseding indictment. The government will not be able to prove this case, and we look forward to prevailing at trial.

Greenberg already faces charges of stalking and identity theft, in what federal prosecutors described as a smear campaign against a political opponent. 

He resigned from his position as tax collector after he was arrested in June. 


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A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »

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