(STL.News) – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the unveiling of an indictment accusing Joel Micah Greenberg (35, Lake Mary) of criminal harassment and unlawful use of a medium identification of another person. If convicted of both counts, Greenberg faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
According to the indictment, Greenberg, who is Seminole County’s elected tax collector, engaged in conduct that caused and attempted to cause significant emotional distress to a political opponent who worked at a school in the Middle District of Florida. As part of this conduct, Greenberg had letters sent to the school where the employee worked. The letters falsely represented that they had been sent by an anonymous “very concerned student” at the school who had information that the school employee had committed sexual misconduct with a particular student, which Greenberg knew. be wrong.
Greenberg also caused the creation of a Facebook account that claimed to belong to a “very concerned teacher” at the school where the school employee had worked. Greenberg had articles published using this account which falsely alleged that the school employee had sexually misconducted a student. Greenberg also caused an impostor Twitter account to be created using the school employee’s name and photograph, without that person’s knowledge, consent or permission. Greenberg had articles published using this account which falsely represented the school employee as a segregationist and in favor of white supremacy.
An indictment is simply a formal charge that an accused has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and each accused is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
This case was the subject of an investigation by the American secret services. He will be prosecuted by Deputy United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg.