Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie Arrested For Misconduct, Misuse Of Office

Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie was arrested Tuesday night and charged with official misconduct, perjury in an official proceeding, misuse of public office, corrupt misuse of public office and failure to disclose a voting conflict.

According to a probable cause affidavit, 62-year-old Haynie failed to disclose income that she and her husband collected while she was in office.

An investigation began in March 2017 after the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office received complaints that Haynie "used her position to vote on issues with a favorable financial impact on a developer who owns a substantial amount of property" in the city.

It turns out that Susan and Neil Haynie were listed as managing members of the company in question, Community Reliance LLC, according to records.

Haynie falsified her required state financial disclosure forms in 2014, 2015 and 2016 by "omitting the fact that she was being compensated" by developer James Batmasian, according to the affidavit.

The investigation revealed that the association at Tivoli Park, a condominium owned by Batmasian, hired Community Reliance LLC and paid the company at least $12,000 per year to manage the property. Susan Haynie told ethics investigators in a sworn statement that her husband had not been paid, but Batmasian's wife claimed that he had.

"During 2016, Susan Haynie and her husband, through the companies they operated, received a total of $77,843.13 in 2016 and $36,835.39 in 2017. This income was undisclosed," the affidavit states. 

Haynie was released from jail hours after her arrest on a $12,000 bond. 

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Boca Raton Mayor Fined For Violating County's Code Of Ethics

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