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Onetime Carona Aide Don Haidl Dies

The Newport businessman, who served as an assistant sheriff, played a major role in convicting the former sheriff of corruption. Haidl, who had criminal problems himself, was 61.

Funeral services were pending Wednesday for former Orange County Assistant Sheriff Don Haidl, who cooperated with federal authorities and helped ensure the eventual conviction of then-Sheriff Mike Carona.

Haidl, 61, died last night of natural causes at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, according to Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

Haidl was a wealthy businessman who earned most of his money from his Nationwide Auction Systems, which he later sold, along with real estate and other interests. He gave Carona hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts and in return was appointed assistant sheriff, though he lacked any real
law enforcement experience.

He eventually cooperated with federal authorities in their corruption probe of Carona, and he wore a wire during three meetings with the sheriff. Based largely on a conversation that Haidl secretly recorded when the two met in a Newport Beach restaurant Aug. 13, 2007, Carona was convicted of witness
tampering and eventually sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. Carona appealed, but his conviction was upheld, and he began serving his prison term in January 2011.

In 2010, Haidl was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service for filing a false 2002 tax form. He admitted he took money from various trusts and partnerships to pay for his son Greg's defense on sexual assault charges but did not claim the $534,374 as adjusted gross income.

Greg Haidl was convicted for taking part in the gang rape of an unconscious 17-year-old girl. He served a prison term and was released.

In a statement to the Orange County Register, Haidl's family said, "He died as he lived, surrounded by the people he loved. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know him.''

-- City News Service

El Toro Resident December 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM
While I don't choose to banter with others on here, my opinion is as such. Mr. Haidl made his own wealth, did very well for himself and his family but he spoiled that rotton little s.o.b. to the point of no return. His kid had brushes with the Sheriffs department so many times, they could no longer count. These were not minor offenese. They were for drugs, alcohol, tresspassing, stealing,etc. These all went unreported because the sheriff deputies at that time would have to call Carona and they were told just to take the kid home because his Dad was a big endorser to Mike Carona. Mike Carona was doing Father Haidl a favor. Mr. Haidl never was a father to that little bastard kid, he just fueled more evil in him. I hope Greg Haidl takes a long walk off a short pier.
KK December 21, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Reading the conversations and ignorant rants about people you know nothing about, confirms my beliefs that the media can/will form Your opinions. Were any of you present during any of the trial proceedings?...No Did any of you know the Haidls before, during &/ after the any of the trials?...No Don was the kindest, most generous, thoughtful, & hilarious man I had the privilege of calling my friend. Don't fault a Man that came from nothing, pursued the American Dream, & took care of his family & those closest to him.
jeanne flippin December 22, 2012 at 12:30 AM
well ok ok... I didn;'t respect Haidl, seem him interviewed about that son of his and he was an enabler, no doubt about it. But hey, the man is dead, nobody should rejoice in another man's death, just my opinion
jeanne flippin December 22, 2012 at 12:31 AM
well ok ok... I didn;'t respect Haidl, seem him interviewed about that son of his and he was an enabler, no doubt about it. But hey, the man is dead, nobody should rejoice in another man's death, just my opinion
Sue Westfall December 23, 2012 at 11:38 PM
If you didn't know Don you should not comment. He was a kind and generous man - was he perfect...no, no one is. He took responsibility for his mistakes and paid dearly for them. He was always kind, loving and generous to our family and he had a rye sense of humor - we will miss him. May he rest in peace.

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