Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg seeks postponement of sentence

ORLANDO, Florida. – Former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg is asking a judge to delay his conviction on child sex trafficking and other criminal charges until March 2022 so he can continue to cooperate with authorities federal authorities on other investigations, according to a recently filed court motion.

As part of a plea agreement signed in May, Greenberg admitted to trafficking a minor for sex, impersonation, wire fraud and harassment.

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In exchange for prosecutors dropping dozens of other criminal charges, Greenberg agreed to offer “substantial assistance” to other government investigations and prosecutions.

Greenberg faces a mandatory minimum of 12 years in prison but could face a much longer jail term, depending on his level of cooperation.

The former tax collector was originally due to be sentenced on August 19, but convinced a judge to postpone it until November 19 due to his failure to complete his cooperation with the government by that date.

On Tuesday, Greenberg’s attorney asked the judge to postpone his client’s sentencing again.

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“Consistent with his plea agreement with the government, Mr. Greenberg cooperated with the government and participated in a series of bids,” attorney Fritz Scheller wrote. “This cooperation, which could impact his ultimate sentence, cannot be completed until the time of his sentencing.”

Federal prosecutors do not oppose Greenberg’s request to delay sentencing until March, Scheller said, noting that Greenberg’s continued cooperation “involves sensitive issues regarding ongoing investigations.”

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Esther L. Steinbach