Joel Greenberg, a friend and affiliate of Florida Consultant Matt Gaetz, employed a restricted condition databases to entry info about hundreds of individuals, including famous people, rivals, and the underage female he has pleaded guilty to intercourse trafficking.
As a Seminole County tax collector, Greenberg had seemingly utilized his obtain to the confidential “Driver and Car or truck Information Databases (DAVID) to inappropriately obtain information and facts like Social Protection figures, addresses, and medical information of in excess of 700 people. Seminole County tax officials say they failed to know about Greenberg’s prolific use of the procedure right until they gained a general public information ask for from the Florida Center for Authorities Accountability, a govt watchdog team.
“This was an exercise by the former tax collector that was not condoned by the DAVID technique, and we are functioning to make absolutely sure that this form of activity does not come about once again,” explained Alan Byrd, a spokesperson for the Tax Collector’s Office.
“I am shocked that he did that,” explained Seminole Commissioner Bob Dallari right after discovering that Greenberg experienced looked up the non-public details of his aged father and deceased mom. “I don’t get why he would do that…I you should not have an remedy.”
Other officials ended up not so shocked. “I’m not stunned for 1 solitary instant,” reported Seminole Commissioner Jay Zembower. “But it leads to me excellent concern for individuals persons, who for whatever goal or motive, he was inquiring for their particular information and facts.”
Greenberg has pleaded responsible to sexual intercourse trafficking a small, identification theft, stalking, wire fraud, and conspiracy to bribe a public official. He is now awaiting sentencing. Among the names Greenberg reportedly searched was his affiliate Gaetz, who is now the subject of an underage intercourse investigation following Greenberg leveraged a plea bargain.
In Greenberg’s plea cut price, he admitted to wrongfully using DAVID to “investigate his sexual companions,” which includes the underage victim in his intercourse trafficking demand “due to the fact he experienced cause to believe” she was less than 18.
Greenberg at first confronted 33 federal costs, but 27 were being dropped in exchange for his cooperation in ongoing underage sexual intercourse trafficking investigations. Gaetz’s identify was not outlined in the offer and it is unfamiliar if his investigation will be directly influenced.
He also accessed confidential facts about Gaetz, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Greenberg reportedly accessed the data files of his area political rivals, which includes previous Seminole Commissioner Brenda Carey and husband, Fairley Carey, as well as previous Democratic prospect for Tax Collector and radio character, Lynn “Moira” Dictor.
“I truly feel violated. I don’t know what he did with that information and facts,” said Dictor. “Nothing you could say would surprise me about the depths to which Joel Greenberg would sink to.”