Courtesy of The Sun Sentinel
Published May 25, 2007
-- Joseph D. Greenberg surrendered to Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey
Levenson Friday morning on a count of organized fraud and a count of
structuring transactions to evade reporting in an alleged condo kickback
The judge set bond at $32,500 for Greenberg, 83, said defense attorney
Scott Saul. Greenberg was taken into custoy until he posts bond.
The charges stem from an alleged kickback scheme at a Hallandale Beach
condo that may have cost apartment owners up to $4 million in unnecessary
assessments, police and condo officials said. The allged offenses took
place between Jan. 1, 2003, and Dec. 30, 2005.
Saul said his client is a professional poker and blackjack player, and the
allegations have nothing to do with gambling.
Of the gambling, Saul said, "These are junkets he goes on for
"My client has taken a cooperative approach in dealing with the
state," Saul said.
Greenberg's co-defendants are Angel B. Ramos, Ira Silver and Robert M.
Surrendering Wednesday were Silver, 62, of Fort Lauderdale, a plumbing
contractor; and Hittner, 58, of Cooper City, a veteran state-certified
community association manager. Hittner worked for the Condominium
Association of Parker Plaza Estates, a 520-unit high-rise in the 2000
block of South Ocean Drive. The two were charged with organized fraud and
released on $25,000 bonds.
If convicted as charged, the organized fraud charge carries a maximum
sentence of 30 years and a $10,000 fine.