GOP Official Arrested On Trump-Related Corruption Charges, Faces 23 Years In Prison
A Florida Republican mayor was forced to end her campaign for county commission after she was arrested on corruption charges after settling a Trump-related ethics complaint.
Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie, 62, spent two and a half hours in the Palm Beach County Jail before posting $12,000 bond Tuesday night, according to Palm Beach Post.
According to the report, Haynie was charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors — including official misconduct, perjury and corrupt misuse of office — after prosecutors said she failed to report $335,000 in income.
Prosecutors said Haynie failed to properly disclose that some of that income came from the largest commercial landowner in Boca Raton, and authorities said the mayor lied under oath to county ethics investigators about the payments.
Haynie, a second-term mayor, settled a separate ethics case last month involving tickets from Waste Management Inc. to attend a 2016 Republican fundraiser dinner at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.
She agreed to repay the waste management vendor, which provides services in neighborhoods annexed by Boca Raton, and said she didn’t realize accepting the tickets violated the city’s ethics code.
The arrest documents also show that Haynie and her husband Neil failed to report payments from James Batmasian while voting for projects that would benefit the real estate mogul.
The mayor’s bank records showed the unreported income to a property management firm she founded with her husband, in addition to payments through a software company and rent collection agency.
Those payments were not reported on any of her state-mandated financial disclosure forms.
If convicted on the corruption charges, Haynie faces up to 23 years in prison.