*I apologize for the time it took to publish this post. In an effort to make sure I represent all the facts of the case as accurately as possible, I have been laboring over the best way to tell this story. This case is integral to exposing the corruption throughout the panhandle. Please bear with me. A great deal of information has come my way and was originally going to be part of this post, but it would be extremely long. So, to keep things simple, I have broken my original post into smaller bits that will be coming out this week.
In order to understand the dynamics of this scandal, there must be understanding of who the people are and how they are connected to one another.
Here’s the cast:
Ms. Dot aka Dorothy Rogers is a 91-year-old business owner in Santa Rosa County, Florida, and is the epicenter of the fraud. She has run the Eastern Gate Trailer Ranch for as long as people remember.
Here biological relatives are as follows:
Lana Skirpan (Carl) Coleman
Judith Skirpan Groelinger
Cindy Skirpan Willey
Michael V. Skirpan
Anyone else claiming to be legally and/or biologically related to Ms. Dot, is not being truthful. Many people believe the Haines Brothers (Eric & Scott) are grandsons of Ms. Dot. That isn’t true and there is no real clarity as to whether Ms. Dot believes that they are related or whether she is replacing her family in adopting the “Haines” family. According to her own doctor and the doctor who evaluated her when she was Baker Acted, she was given the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA). She was evaluated with mild dementia. This must be a factor despite Ms. Dot’s statement at one of the depositions in this case, that she wasn’t saying she was really related to Scott. However, during the APS investigation, the social worker was so sure Ms. Dot was biologically related to Scott that she continually questioned this fact when talking to legal counsel.
All the conflict with this group is family related issues. Conflicts between Ms. Dot and her kids have had stormy relationships for years. Falling in and out of favor, was typical. Because of this, Ms. Dot made her grandson, the trustee of the irrevocable trust. They never had the drama between themselves, grandmother to grandson, in their history. This designation of Matt being appointed trustee, created resentment between him and his aunts and uncle. He quickly became the target of the family animus, especially in the Coleman household. The generational friction in the family allowed a chasm for Scott to exploit in this family. He sided with the Colemans and the rest is history.
Scott Peter Haines is a 49-year-old “retired in lieu of termination” Santa Rosa County Florida Sheriff’s Lieutenant Deputy and is the core of grift.
Sheriff Robert W. “Bob” Johnson
Legal Representation as to Family Trust –
Eric Haines is Scott’s older brother. He was a Chief Deputy in the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. When Sheriff Morgan was about to leave office, Eric self-demoted to Lieutenant in an attempt to retain protections of the Police Benevolence Association. He feared incoming Sheriff Chip Simmons would fire him. He now works in Cybercrimes. Morgan purchased elaborate equipment, software and training for Eric, which is feared to have been abused to help his brother and to fend off his own enemies, ie people who have been trying to shine a light on the duplicitous acts he does in the shadows.
Sheriff Robert W. “Bob” Johnson is a fairly new sheriff in Santa Rosa County. He has been a career deputy who has not been associated with the Sheriff he replaced nor Sheriff Morgan in Escambia. Bob has gone out of his way to protect Scott. He has lied to local media, misrepresenting the search warrant executed by the FBI on Scott’s residence. The claims were there was nothing to see here but since that time Scott has been arrested and it looks like Bob is a part of the cadre of people enabling Scott to commit crimes of exploitation and fraud. There is much more to say about this in the next installment.
Major Chris Watson is a deputy at the SRSO. He has covered up for crimes, policy violations and sexual harassment perpetrated by Scott. He is just one officer who has been willing to put their careers on the line for Scott.
Deputy Forrest Neff was the officer who took the “Grand Theft” report on October 21, 2015. Ms. Dot was Baker Acted by her daughter, Cindy Willey. When Ms. Dot was released, she claimed her trailer was broken into and several trailer titles, money, and her car were taken. He allowed Scott to write the victim statement for Ms. Dot. Curiously, when the call came in that Neff responded to, he responded as “arrived” 3 seconds from the time the call came in.
Deputy Jerry Utsey spoke to Matt on October 23, 2015. Matt stated Utsey claimed he was a “trust expert” but was unable to understand the documents pertaining to the trust paperwork Matt presented. The importance of this is that the business that owned the trailer park was owned by the trust and Matt was the trustee. He could not “steal” anything pertaining to the business or assets of the trust. This negated the “crime” the SRSO said he committed and invalidated the arrest warrant that came from that false assumption.
Marshall Kilburn was a deputy under Scott. He notified Matt of the arrest warrant on November 24, 2015, for exploitation of the elderly. Without taking a statement from Matt regarding this accusation. He was the one who built the case for exploitation using Scott as a source of the information. Scott had power of attorney for Ms. Dot and Scott used that to make claims on her behalf that were used to create probable cause and thereby, the arrest warrant.
Jason Moseley was the attorney who represented Ms. Dot and the trust. He was hired around 2009 and continued to represent her until 2016. He was the one who corroborated Matt’s legal rights to the assets of the trust and thus the totality of the business. Therefore, he could not steal from Ms. Dot as the business address was her address. The business operated within the trust, and it was irrevocable.
Brian Hoffman is currently a candidate for Pensacola City Council, District 2. He is an attorney hired by Ms. Dot & Scott to replace Mosely. Scott convinced Ms. Dot that Mosely was conspiring with her daughter Cindy Willey, son, Michael Skirpan and grandson, Matt. They were attempting to take everything she had and put her away. Believing this to be true, she hired Hoffman to get the irrevocable trust, revoked. The only way to do that was to claim Matt was exploiting her. There is much more to come on Hoffman.
This is literally just the bare bones of the story. There is so much that has not been told.