Seminole County

Former Seminole County Tax Collector accused of creating fake IDs, documents say

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A former Seminole County Tax Collector is accused of creating fake identification cards for himself by using driver’s licenses that were surrendered to his office by customers, according to a federal indictment signed Wednesday.

Last month, Joel Greenberg resigned and dropped his bid for reelection after an earlier indictment accused him of stalking and impersonating a political opponent on social media.

He now faces four additional charges related to identify theft and producing false documents, according to documents.

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The document said one of the services provided by the Seminole County Tax Collectors office was the issuance of Florida driver’s licenses and ID cards.

Some customers who visited the tax collector branches would sometimes surrender their old ID’s to be destroyed. Documents said Greenberg “used his access to the Seminole County Tax Collector’s Office to take surrendered driver’s licenses before they were shredded.”

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According to the indictment, Greenberg “used the surrendered driver’s licenses that he had taken to cause fake driver’s licenses to be produced that had his photograph but the personal information of the victims whose driver’s licenses he had taken.”

Greenberg made a Puerto Rico ID sometime between Sept. 21, 2018 and June 23 and a Florida ID sometime between Dec. 4 and June 23, according to the indictment.

The victim’s in the document are classified by their initials only.

Greenberg is also facing charges of stalking and unlawful use of a means of identification of another person. If convicted on both counts, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.