Posted: Jan 14, 2013 8:00 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Feb 25, 2013 9:54 PM
Barna Haynes plead guilty in federal court to Conspiracy and receiving $55,000 in bribes.
For about four years, from March 2008 to February 2012, Haynes and an accomplice used a 'legal' process to 'illegally' rack up cash under District Attorney Mike Harson's nose.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says, "Barna Haynes was involved with a co-conspirator who was not a lawyer, who she was assisting and facilitating cases to be resolved by the 15th J.D.C. and in exchange they were both getting paid to resolve those cases without going through the normal process."
The accomplice has yet to be named, but according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, he and Haynes worked together to circumvent a D.A. program called 'Article 894'.
It allows a person to plead guilty to a crime with the understanding that the conviction will be set aside if certain requirements are met, like community service, and entering substance abuse and driver safety programs instead of going to court.
"They were only able to resolve these only if they were clients of the co-conspirator. These individuals got special treatment," says Finley.
The accomplice solicited clients, and Haynes processed them through the 894 process 'without' the D.A.'s approval.
Netting five hundred dollars for each case.
Finley says ,"In all of the cases, there was no defense counsel present, there were no probation officers present."
Haynes admits she received $55,000 in bribes, but Finley says it could be as much as $75,000.