Ex-Appleton Police Offer Convicted of Felony for Forging Signature

They were forging signatures on documents about a drug investigation that led to Jeremy Haney’s felony conviction and punishment.

Haney had previously worked as a narcotics detective for the Appleton Police Department. In connection with a massive narcotics case, Haney is accused of faking the signatures of a judge and an assistant district attorney. He is also facing obstruction and misconduct in office charges. Before submitting a not-guilty plea, he declined to attend his preliminary hearing. A judge in Waupaca County was assigned the case, and Haney was freed on a $2,500 signature bail.

Haney entered a not-guilty plea to the Class I felony of misconduct in public office—falsifying report information. Haney entered a no-contest plea, which indicates that he accepted the guilty judgment without stating his guilt or innocence. Haney falsified signatures on documents permitting the installation of a tracking device on a vehicle in 2022 while serving with the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM). A criminal complaint states that Haney informed authorities that he had to fabricate the signatures because he had misplaced the documents. Members of the Outagamie, Winnebago, and Calumet counties’ police forces and sheriff’s offices work together as LWAM, a narcotics unit that spans several jurisdictions.

An assistant district attorney from Outagamie County found discrepancies in the application in May 2023. These included an incorrect date and the number of days the tracking device would be on the car. After discussing the matter with a judge, Haney revised the court order from 90 days to 45 days and modified the date on the papers, authorizing GPS monitoring for 45 days instead. A notary signature that belonged to the assistant district attorney and the judge was missing from the court order.

While the inquiry was ongoing, Haney was put on administrative leave; he resigned in July. In a plea bargain, his other charges dropped, including the Class H felony of passing off a forgery as authentic and the misdemeanor of resisting or obstructing an officer.