Seminole County

Former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg faces new charges related to pandemic loans

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Already facing charges of sex trafficking a child, stalking and identity theft, former Seminole County Tax Collector Joel Greenberg is now facing new charges related to Small Business Administration pandemic loans he received after resigning from his office.

According to federal court documents, in early 2020, Greenberg dissolved two companies he owned: DG3 Network and Greenberg Media. However, after his arrest and subsequent resignation as tax collector, the feds say Greenberg restarted both companies in order to obtain pandemic SBA loans.

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Working with an unnamed SBA employee and another person, the indictment alleges that Greenberg obtained Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Greenberg Media and DG3 as well as cash advances from the EIDL program, by submitting false documents stating that the companies were in business prior to February 2020, that they each had revenues in the 12 months prior, and making false claims about the number of employees.

The feds are seeking the forfeiture of $432,700 they say Greenberg obtained through the conspiracy and “his participation in the conspiracy charged In count Twenty-Six of his Commission of theft of government property charged in counts Thirty-One through Thirty-Three”.

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The feds contend that Greenberg used CashApp to send $3,000 to the SBA employee as well as sending three payments totaling $16,000 to another person.

Greenberg now faces 33 federal charges.

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