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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 10, 2016 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Former Sergeant Charged in Criminal Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As a result of an investigation by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), Michael Haugen, 31, a former Iowa State Patrol sergeant from Forest City, has been charged with Falsifying a Public Document and Theft in the Third Degree in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa.  The charges allege criminal actions taken by Haugen while he was employed with the Iowa State Patrol, and while he served as an evidence officer in the Iowa State Patrol district office in Mason City, Iowa.  The Complaint and Affidavit (attached) provide details. 

The charge for Falsifying a Public Document alleges that Haugen altered labeling on an evidence bag in the Mason City district office.  The crime is a class “D” felony, with a maximum sentence of five years. 

The charge for Theft in the Third Degree alleges that Haugen removed prescription medication from evidence bags in the evidence room at the Mason City District office, and that the street value was $800. The crime is an Aggravated Misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of two years

When the Department of Public Safety received information about possible criminal activity, the investigation began, and as soon as initial reporting was confirmed, Haugen was placed on administrative leave on March 25, 2016.  Upon the conclusion of a thorough investigation by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the case was presented for prosecution. 

Haugen posted bond this morning and was released.

The criminal investigation was conducted by the DPS's Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). The charges will be prosecuted by the Iowa Attorney General’s Office Area Prosecutions Division.

The impact of these alleged actions may affect as many as six cases in the north central Iowa area. County attorneys in the affected cases will be contacted about the investigative findings.

Haugen was placed on administrative leave by the Department of Public Safety on March 25, 2016.  The Department filed a notice of intent to terminate with the Employment Appeal Board on May 6, 2016.  He resigned on June 6, 2016.   Haugen was sworn in as a Trooper for the Iowa State Patrol on May 31, 2006, and was sworn in as a Sergeant on August 28, 2015.

MEDIA NOTE: No further information about the criminal case will be provided at this time. The Iowa DCI will NOT be fulfilling any on-camera interviews at this time pertaining to this investigation.

Complaint & Affidavit

Haugen Booking Photo

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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