Former officer arrested for renting homes he didn't own

By Lynn Gordon - email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - A former police officer, accused of ripping off renters, has been arrested again.

After our month-long investigation, detectives say, they now have enough evidence to put Carl Heflin back behind bars.

Tuesday afternoon, police picked up Carl Heflin near his house in Westgate and brought him to the Palm Beach Sheriff Office substation on Jog Road. Detectives then questioned the 52-year-old former officer for several hours before transporting him to the Palm Beach County jail.

Heflin faces numerous counts of burglary and organized scheme to defraud.

He's accused of renting out homes he doesn't own; it's the same thing he was arrested for in 2009.

But, in June, he was released after spending 13 months in jail. Prosecutors dropped the felony charges. Instead, Heflin pled guilty to trespassing, but, this time, investigators expect the charges to stick.

Investigators say within weeks of his release, he was back doing the same thing. Detectives reopened their investigation after Fox 29 did several stories with people who claimed they were victimized by Heflin.

Still, Heflin claims he's doing nothing wrong.

He's charged with three counts of burglary and one count of organized scheme to defraud, but, detectives say, more charges will be filed.

Right Heflin's being held on $100,000 bond and goes before a judge Wednesday morning. But this investigation is far from over. More arrest are expected in this case.

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