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Ex-Boca Mayor pleads guilty to public corruption, gets probation

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Another case of a corrupt politician in South Florida has ended in a guilty plea.

Disgraced former Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie has pleaded guilty to a pair of misdemeanor public corruption charges stemming from her 2018 arrest.

Haynie was in a Palm Beach County courtroom Thursday morning as she entered a guilty plea to two first-degree misdemeanors — misuse of public office or employment and failure to disclose voting conflicts.

Under the terms of her plea agreement, the remaining charges have been dropped.

As part of the plea deal, Haynie was sentenced to 12 months of probation and may not seek or hold public office during that time. She was also sentenced to one day in jail but received credit for time served.

Haynie was a year into her second term as mayor when she was arrested in 2018 on several charges, including three counts of official misconduct.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Haynie failed to disclose income that she and her husband collected while she was in office, including payments from a developer who did business with the city.
An investigation by the Palm Beach County state attorney’s office began in March 2017 after receiving complaints that Haynie “used her position to vote on issues having a favorable financial impact on a developer who owns a substantial amount of property” in the city.

“Susan Haynie voted on four occasions during 2016 and 2017 while being compensated by the people benefiting from the outcomes of the votes,” Burfield wrote. “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.”