Former Santa Rosa Sheriff Lieutenant Gets Federal Prison For Lying To FBI

November 22, 2022

A former Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant was sentenced to federal prison on Monday for lying to the FBI.

Scott Haines will spend one year plus one day in federal prison followed by one year probation.

Haines pleaded guilty in federal court to making material false statements to the FBI during the course of its investigation

In federal court, Haines admitted that he became personally involved in the real property management and finances of an elderly woman in Santa Rosa County and deposited rental payments from tenants of the elderly woman into his own bank account without authority to do so. When confronted by the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Haines made material false statements regarding his involvement with the rental properties, the depositing of rental payments into his personal account, and his knowledge and involvement.

In state court, Haines admitted to his personal misuse of the National Crime Information Center database utilized by law enforcement officers and analysts for official purposes.

Haines was demoted from captain to lieutenant following a 2020 sexual harassment investigation. He retired last year after an internal affairs investigation.

File photo: Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office. Under Florida law, Haines’ mugshot was exempt from release.

Comments

15 Responses to “Former Santa Rosa Sheriff Lieutenant Gets Federal Prison For Lying To FBI”

  1. George Ferko on November 29th, 2022 4:51 pm

    He will still get his pension. Once it vests, it can’t be taken away, especially since he retired before the conviction.

  2. David Huie Green on November 23rd, 2022 6:44 pm

    REGARDING:
    “You got to know if this would have been me or you it would be 20 years in prison but looks to me like he got special privilege!!!!”

    They often agree to lower sentences when the guilty go ahead and admit it without the cost and risk of a trial.

    I haven’t found what the typical sentence is but under law, the maximum sentence for lying to the FBI is five years unless it involves terrorism. For example, Martha Stewart spent five months in a minimum-security prison in West Virginia (where my nephew works) and two years on supervised release, of which, five months were on home confinement, and she was fined $30,000.

    Revenge doesn’t take twenty years to obtain or usually even five or one. Generally the consequences of a felony conviction itself are sufficient punishment as others have pointed out.

    (A certain former president’s lawyers don’t want him to testify because he is unable to speak without lying. They are working hard to keep him out of prison.)

    David for truth or silence

  3. JJ on November 23rd, 2022 3:59 pm

    He was convicted of only lying NOT THE CRIME AGAINST THE ELDERLY. 1 YEAR AND 1 DAY is more than what Bill Clinton got for lying in COURT!. and he was the president!!!!!

  4. William Reynolds on November 23rd, 2022 12:39 pm

    “You guys need to fix the title of your article from ‘Forner Lieutenant ‘ to ‘Former Captain ‘, since clearly in his photo (if that is even him) his rank shows he is a Captain with the police department. You guys might want to check over the accuracies of the rest of your article, for any more mistakes in your reporting.”

    The reporting is correct. The “title” (that’s called a headline) is also correct. Read the story again, carefully, where his rank and the photo are explained.

  5. ConcavePoint on November 23rd, 2022 10:57 am

    After all that he was only convicted of lying to the FBI and gets a year?

  6. Nathan on November 23rd, 2022 10:10 am

    You guys need to fix the title of your article from ‘Forner Lieutenant ‘ to ‘Former Captain ‘, since clearly in his photo (if that is even him) his rank shows he is a Captain with the police department. You guys might want to check over the accuracies of the rest of your article, for any more mistakes in your reporting.

  7. Susie on November 22nd, 2022 6:36 pm

    He will not be able to get his pension since he’s now a convicted felon, misusing his badge of office. He won’t be able to carry or own a weapon or vote, among other things. He’ll be known as a bad cop, a thief, a liar and an abuser of the elderly. Looks like he’s headed for a long, lonely road to hoe and rightly earned.

  8. Bill T on November 22nd, 2022 4:14 pm

    You got to know if this would have been me or you it would be 20 years in prison but looks to me like he got special privilege!!!!! And still getting money as well as the sole owner if the current owner dies !!! Wow you are lucky Or a smart crook !!!

  9. Beach Boy on November 22nd, 2022 2:42 pm

    He knows the law and should have been demoted to the lowest rank possible, lose a large portion of his retirement based on the offense and be used as an example to the public. I have and show NO leniency to those who are in “law enforcement” and “know the law and refuse to obey the law.

  10. All are unworthy on November 22nd, 2022 10:29 am

    Wow, if they would only question all of them, maybe we could get rid of all the liars. Especially Escambia county. I personally know of one in Escambia county lied right straight to the judge! I sure wish that judge had made him serve time. Using his official position to harm someone else by his lies!

  11. K on November 22nd, 2022 10:18 am

    Wonder if he will lose his retirement

  12. Karma on November 22nd, 2022 9:43 am

    KARMA. Maybe while you are sitting in prison you can reflect on all of the bad that you have done to people. Luckily this one caught up with you.

  13. tg on November 22nd, 2022 9:00 am

    Is his retirement check mailed to the prison?

  14. Susie on November 22nd, 2022 8:54 am

    Not much is worse than a dirty cop that purposely breaks all the rules, Code of Ethics, laws and the general public’s trust. He breaks the bond of trust with everyone including Law Enforcement Officers whose lives depend on each other. It’s purely evil. What he did to this woman should do this pathetic worm in for life. Disgusting.

  15. Denbroc on November 22nd, 2022 5:53 am

    Him stealing rent money is only a sliver of the entire story.

    There’s a warmer place in hell for those that take advantage of the elderly.





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