Former tax collector Joel Greenberg witness in Seminole ‘ghost candidate’ fraud case

ORLANDO, Florida. – Joel Greenberg, a disgraced former Seminole County tax collector, is now embroiled in another criminal case, this time as a witness.

Prosecutors in the case of two people accused of committing voter fraud in the so-called Seminole County “phantom candidate” case released a list of additional discovery documents to the defendants on Tuesday.

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Among the items listed in those documents was a 119-page transcript of an interview Greenberg had with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Greenberg faces a slew of federal charges for multiple crimes, including child sex trafficking, aggravated identity theft, wire fraud, harassment and conspiracy.

However, he has been working with federal prosecutors for months, providing information on other unnamed cases in hopes of getting a reduced sentence.

These documents now show that Greenberg is also providing information in state affairs.

Prosecutors said the FDLE redacted information in the transcript that was not relevant to the ghost candidate’s case, was sensitive information or information “interrelated to other crimes or criminal activities, the disclosure of which could seriously impair law enforcement or compromise the investigation of the other referenced crimes or activities,” according to the discovery document.

Greenberg’s interview appeared on discovery documents for Jestine Iannotti and Benjamin Paris, two of the three people charged in the shadow candidate case. He is also listed as a “category C witness”, meaning he will not testify in court but has provided information.

Prosecutors say Iannotti and Eric Foglesong attempted to fraudulently influence Florida’s 2020 Senate District 9 election. Democrat in favor of State Senator Jason Brodeur, a Republican. .

Brodeur does not face any charges in connection with this case.

Iannotti and Foglesong are accused of misusing other people’s names as contributors in campaign finance materials.

Paris, former mayor of Longwood and chairman of the Seminole County Republican Party Executive Council, is accused of providing the name and address of one of the people falsely used for campaign donations.

Iannotti, Foglesong and Paris were arrested in May.

Greenberg is awaiting sentencing on those federal charges, which is expected to occur Dec. 1. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in federal prison.

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Esther L. Steinbach