Joel Greenberg paid $7,500 in legal fees to Florida state lawmaker while serving as Seminole County tax collector

ORLANDO, Fla. — Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County tax collector at the center of a sprawling criminal investigation into everything from stalking to wire fraud to sex trafficking, used taxpayer money to pay $7,500 in legal fees to Florida state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, records show. While still serving as tax collector, Greenberg gave Sabatini a $3,000-a-month “legal counsel” contract in September 2019 — five days after Sabatini was admitted to the Florida Bar. Greenberg canceled the contract a little more than two months later, citing “extreme budget constraints.” It’s not clear what S…

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