Former Seminole County tax collector re-arrested on federal bond violation; bond revoked by federal judge

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla — Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg was re-arrested by U.S. Marshals Tuesday evening on a warrant for a bond violation.

Greenberg was booked into the Seminole County Jail overnight and was in federal court Wednesday afternoon, where his bond was revoked. He will remain in jail until his next hearing.

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According to an incident report obtained by Eyewitness News, Greenberg showed up uninvited at his in-law’s home at about 7:30 a.m. looking for his wife.

Officers noted that the conditions of Greenberg’s bond state that he not travel outside of the Middle District of Florida and must not leave his residence from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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We asked Greenberg’s attorney, Fritz Scheller, why Greenberg would travel outside of the Middle District, and why he would break curfew.

Scheller replied, “It was for family reasons … I’m not going to get into the substance of the allegations. We stipulated it to him there were technical violations. It’s a difficult process, obviously to be curfew, it sounds relatively easy but it’s not, and so … people make mistakes.”

In July, federal authorities indicted Greenberg and accused him of stealing surrendered drivers’ licenses until his last day in office and trying to make fake concealed weapon permits, according to court documents.

Greenberg is scheduled to be back in court for a motion hearing in May, and his trial is expected to start in June.

Jeff Levkulich

Jeff Levkulich,

Jeff Levkulich joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in June 2015.

Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser,

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.