In a joint investigation, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami Electronic Crimes Task Force announce the arrest of attorney Grant Griffith Sarbinoff for a variety of alleged charges relating to his seven (7) month harassment of an ex-girlfriend after their relationship had ended. Mr. Sarbinoff allegedly continued to contact the victim immediately following the break-up and continued the unwanted communication in some form nearly every day from September 29, 2016 until the present. The communications contained numerous personal insults directed toward the victim, friends and colleagues of hers, and her family. The victim received hundreds of phone calls from Mr. Sarbinoff wherein he allegedly used a phone application to make it appear as if one of the victim’s family members, friends or contacts was calling her rather than himself. The victim also received dozens of voicemails allegedly from Mr. Sarbinoff.
The arrest warrant’s 28 page example section outlines how Mr. Sarbinoff stalked and cyber-stalked the victim by allegedly accessing a wide variety computer services, including her FP&L account, without her permission and impersonating her. Her power was shut off, multiple charges were made to her credit card for things she did not purchase and a GPS tracking device was even attached to her car. Rideshare records show Mr. Sarbinoff being dropped off by the victim’s home late at night more than twenty times after they broke up. In addition, the victim’s current boyfriend also received numerous harassing phone calls and text messages and has had numerous attempts made to access various online accounts belonging to him without his permission.
“Stalking and cyber-stalking are 21st century forms of domestic abuse aimed at terrorizing a victim and rendering the person helpless,” said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “Fortunately, good police and prosecutor cooperation swept away all of the deception intended to keep this keep this harassment secret and working. I applaud the work done by the Miami-Dade Police Department and my Cyber Crimes Unit for their efforts ending this abuse.”
Grant Griffith Sarbinoff is being charged with:
- 1 Count Stalking (1st Degree Misdemeanor)
- 1 Count Identity Theft with 20 or More Victims (1st Degree Felony)
- 1 Count Identity Theft (3rd Degree Felony)
- 16 Counts Unauthorized Access to a Protected Computer system (3rd Degree Felony)
- 1 Count Unlawful Installation of a GPS Tracking Device (2nd Degree Misdemeanor)
- 1 Count Harassing Phone Calls (2nd Degree Misdemeanor)
- 1 Count Unlawful Use of a Communications Device (3rd Degree Felony)
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