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Miami Beach Attorney Stalked, Harassed and Installed GPS Tracker on Ex's Car: Police

A South Florida lawyer is accused of using hi-tech devices to stalk and harass his ex-girlfriend for seven months. In a 32-page warrant, detectives detailed the extensive effort Grant Sarbinoff took to intimidate his ex. 

Sarbinoff, 37, was arrested Tuesday by Miami Police Department's Cyber Crime Unit for allegedly installing a tracking device on his ex's car and calling her hundreds of times using Spoofcard, a service that disguises caller ID. The attorney mounted a Spy Tech GPS tracker onto the victim's vehicle and followed her to several locations, a warrant says.

NBC 6 cameras captured the suspect Tuesday as he walked into jail to be booked on a slew charges that include identity theft. His bond was set at $50,000.

The victim, who is also an attorney, met the the suspect on the dating app Tinder back in November 2015. The couple dated for nearly a year until police said Sarbinoff broke it off abruptly. Despite the breakup, the lawyer contacted the victim nearly every day until his arrest, a police warrant says.

Sarbinoff accessed his ex's computer without her permission to impersonate her online, police said. The suspect tried to gain access to the victim's Hulu, Etsy, Eventbrite, Opentable, Birchbox, HBO, Kayak and many other accounts. He's accused of shutting off her power with FPL by unlawfully accessing her account. 

"Technology today has made domestic abuse different. And so in this case you have a lot of harassment and stalking through technology," said Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. 

Sarbinoff also tried to access the victim's current boyfriend's online accounts and harassed him via phone calls and text messages, the warrant states. Police said the 37-year-old lawyer called the victim posing as her friends and colleagues using their phone numbers.

"It's a good wake-up call for a lot of people to be paying attention to these kinds of actions that can now take place through technology. Cyber world is the future. It's actually here," said Fernandez Rundle.

Detectives were able to connect a Spoofcard account to Sarbinoff's credit card. Police said Sarbinoff's Uber records revealed that he was dropped off and picked up near the victim's house multiple times.

Sarbinoff resided in Miami Beach but has since moved. He's been a lawyer since 2010.

He's expected to make his first appearance in bond court Wednesday.

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