BOCA RATON, Fla. – The mayor of Boca Raton was arrested on Tuesday evening for charges of abuse of office, perjury in an official trial, abuse of public office, corrupt public office abuse, and failure to disclose an election dispute.
Mayor Susan Haynie, 62, was released from prison hours later.
According to a sworn statement about the cause, Haynie did not disclose the income she and her husband had accumulated during their tenure, including payments from a developer who did business with the city.
An investigation by the Palm Beach County Procuratorate began in March 201
Detective Diana Burfield wrote in the affidavit that Haynie faked her required public finance disclosure forms in 2014, 2015, and 2016 by hiding "the fact that she was compensated" by developer James Batmasian.
According to Florida Division of Corporations records, Susan and Neil Haynie were listed as executive members of a company called Community Reliance LLC when it was founded in 2008. Susan Haynie was listed as a managing member until 2016, when her husband became sole managing member.
The investigation found that the association in Tivoli Park, a Batmasian condominium, ceased Community Reliance LLC and paid the company at least $ 12,000 a 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, Burfield wrote.
"Susan Haynie voted four times in 2016 and 2017 while being compensated by the people who benefited from the election results," Burfield wrote. "In 2016, Susan Haynie and her husband received a total of $ 77,843.13 from their businesses in 2016 and $ 36,835.39 in 2017. This income has not been released."
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