Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Micah Greenberg Pleads Guilty to Multiple Federal Offenses | USAO-MDFL
Orlando, Florida – Joel Micah Greenberg (36, Lake Mary), a former Seminole County tax collector, today pleaded guilty to six federal offenses: sex trafficking of a child, illegal production of a forged document from identity, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, stalking and conspiracy. Each offense carries a separate penalty. Greenberg faces prison terms of up to 20 years for wire fraud, 15 years for illegally producing a false identity document, 15 years for conspiracy and 5 years for criminal harassment. He also faces mandatory minimum prison sentences: 10 years, even life imprisonment for child sex trafficking, and 2 years for aggravated identity theft. Greenberg will be ordered to pay compensation to his victims for amounts to be determined at the time of his conviction.
According to the plea agreement, Greenberg paid for commercial sex acts, including with someone who was underage for part of the time Greenberg paid her to perform those acts. Greenberg had met the minor on a website and had engaged in commercial sex acts with her at least seven times when she was under 18. Greenberg also introduced the minor to other adult men, who engaged in commercial sex acts with the minor in the Middle District of Florida.
On the day of his arrest and execution of a federal search warrant at his residence on June 23, 2020, Greenberg was found in possession of two fake driver’s licenses in his wallet – each license contained the victim’s personal information but with Greenberg’s photograph. Greenberg used his position as a tax collector to facilitate the production of these fake driver’s licenses.
Additionally, Greenberg used his position as Seminole County tax collector to embezzle and embezzle more than $ 400,000 for his own profit, including buying cryptocurrency, to operate a business that sold mining machinery. cryptocurrency, for mining cryptocurrency, and for purchasing personal items, such as autographs. sports memorabilia.
Greenberg also engaged in conduct that caused and attempted to cause great emotional distress to a political opponent who worked in the Middle District of Florida, including knowingly sending false letters to the school where the employee worked. The letters claimed to be from an anonymous “very concerned student” at the school who claimed to know that the school employee had engaged in sexual misconduct with a particular student.
After his federal arrest in June 2020, and while on special terms, Greenberg conspired with a Small Business Administration (SBA) employee and another person to submit bogus claims to the SBA for loans in disaster, available under the CARES Act to businesses negatively affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. Greenberg and the SBA employee conspired to submit loan applications for two of Greenberg’s businesses, incorrectly claiming that companies were operating before February 2020, when in fact the state had previously administratively dissolved the two companies and Greenberg only re-established them to apply for the loans. Greenberg and the SBA employee also conspired to apply for a third loan on Greenberg’s behalf. Loan applications provided false information about the companies’ income and number of employees. As a result of the conspiracy, Greenberg received over $ 430,000, and he paid the person who recruited him into the scheme $ 16,000, and $ 3,000 as a bribe to the SBA employee.
This case has been reviewed by the United States Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Small Business Administration – Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff’s Office of Seminole County and the United States Postal Inspection Service. . She is being sued by Deputy Attorneys for the United States, Roger B. Handberg and Jennifer M. Harrington.