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Miami Beach Lawyer Grant Griffith Sarbinoff Arrested on Stalking and Identity Theft Charges

Grant-Griffith-Sarbinoff-300x169Grant Griffith Sarbinoff of Miami Beach, Florida was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend for several months by attempting to hack her social media accounts, using her email to set up reservations in her name, convincing Florida Power & Light to shut off her electricity, and other allegations.

Miami prosecutors say Sarbinoff’s harassment allegations run 28 pages. He is being charged with stalking, unlawful installation of a GPS tracking device, identity theft, and several counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer system.

Sarbinoff, 37, was arrested by investigators from Miami-Dade Police’s Cyber Crime Unit on May 2. He is booked into Turner Guilford Knight Center and is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. It is unknown if he has acquired legal representation.

According to the arrest warrant, Sarbinoff and the alleged victim, a fellow Miami lawyer who has not been named, met via the matchmaking dating app Tinder. The couple dated for a year until the end of September last year. The alleged harassment began immediately after the breakup.

Among the allegations listed in the warrant: Sarbinoff reportedly sent the victim daily messages from his email account. He attempted to hack into her social media and online service accounts, including her Hulu streaming account, her Publix retail account, and her Instagram account. He bought a GPS tracking device and placed it on her car to track her movements. He used her email address and phone number to make restaurant reservations and book massages in her name. He bought items online and charged them to her credit card. In February this year, Sarbinoff allegedly convinced Florida Power & Light to shut off her electricity.

The harassment continued for months. Records from Uber show Sarbinoff using the service to travel near the victim’s home and follow her to public places she went to, like the movie theater. Sarbinoff also allegedly used a program called Spoofcard to repeatedly call her while disguising his phone calls as calls from her friends and associates.

The victim reported the case to authorities and after hearing her story, an investigator searched her car in the parking lot and found a hidden GPS tracker, the warrant said. Sarbinoff purportedly used his own bank accounts to pay for the GPS monitoring service and Spoofcard program, and that led to his arrest this week.

According to the press, Sarbinoff became an attorney in 2010. He worked for a downtown Fort Lauderdale firm for a brief period and has reportedly counseled in nine cases. This is not the first time he has been implicated in a stalking case. In March 2015, a Hollywood woman reportedly resolved her stalking case against him in court and received a judgment of protection against stalking violence. Sarbinoff met the Miami lawyer eight months after that case was resolved.

Source: 5.3.17 Miami Beach Lawyer Sarbinoff Arrested for Stalking Ex-Girlfriend.pdf