Hillsborough County exec accused in Tennessee land fraud
TAMPA - Anthony Haynes, a high-level manager with Hillsborough County government, has been arrested by federal authorities and charged with mail and wire fraud. Haynes was scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Jenkins at noon today. According to a federal indictment, Haynes is accused of a mortgage fraud scheme dating back to 2006 in Brandon involving the purchase of properties in South Pittsburgh, Tennessee. The indictment seeks the forfeiture of more than $990,000, the amount of money he is accused of fraudulently obtaining. The indictment alleges Haynes put false information about his income on one application for a $450,000 mortgage loan and on another for $562,500, both from SunTrust Mortgage. He also is accused of including false information about his occupancy of the property and the purchase price.Haynes is director of the county Real Estate Department and has worked for Hillsborough County since March 1985. He is paid an annual salary of $104,749, according to county payroll records. Haynes was promoted to department director about a year and a half ago under County Administrator Mike Merrill's reorganization of the county leadership. Hudson said the federal charges are not related to Haynes' county duties. He has been placed on leave until the charges are resolved. "All I've heard is good thing about him over the years," Hudson said. Stay with TBO for updates.