Ex-condo head pleads not guilty in kickback scheme

Article Courtesy of The Miami Herald

Staff Report

Published May 25, 2007

In a hearing that lasted two minutes Friday morning, Joseph Greenberg's attorney surrendered his client to face charges in relation to a million-dollar kickback scheme at a Hallandale Beach condo.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of organized fraud and illegally making deposits to avoid detection.


Bond was set at $32,500.


Greenberg, 83, did not say a word in the courtroom of Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson. He was taken to the other side of the room and handcuffed to a chair while his lawyer, Scott Saul, and a bail bondsman left to work out terms of his bond.

Saul asked Levenson to expedite the case because Greenberg "takes several medications.''

The next court appearance is set for Aug. 2.

Greenberg, wearing a black suit and white dress shirt with an open collar, showed up Friday morning with his girlfriend, Lilyane Traub, 46, by his side.

As Greenberg and Saul moved away to talk, Traub cried out, "Joe! Joe! Let me give you a hug!''


Parker Plaza Estates residents give police a standing ovation Wednesday night in appreciation of a investigation into financial kickbacks between the condo board and contractors. Friday, former association head Joe Greenberg was in court to turn himself in.

Saul said briskly: "Get her out of here!''

As an unidentified man escorted Traub out, she was overheard saying, "He needs his pills.''

Greenberg, a World War II veteran, is accused of being at the center of a scheme to steal money earmarked for renovations and upkeep at the 520-unit Parker Plaza Estates condominium.

Hallandale Beach police are expected to make more arrests in connection with the fraud case at Parker Plaza.

A former condo employee who was out of town is expected to be arrested when he returns, according to Detective Eric Williams.

Greenberg, the former condo board president at Parker Plaza Estates, spent many weekends at casino poker tournaments with Traub.

Neighbors say his lavish lifestyle could have sparked his alleged involvement in the plot.

Greenberg retired to South Florida in the 1970s after shutting down his construction business in Canada.

Greenberg has been playing poker professionally for 30 years and travels nationwide to compete in Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, Saul said.