Fraud & Investigations

Modern Day Squatters

Posted on Thursday, October 7, 2010

Authorities have charged two people who they say illegally lived in homes former West Palm Beach police officer Carl Heflin doesn't own but is renting out.

Heflin's ex-wife, Cheryl Heflin, 44, and her boyfriend, Anthony Glenn Wilson, 48, both of Riviera Beach, were booked on Tuesday on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling and fraud of $50,000 or more.

Carl Heflin, 52, spent a year in jail for his scheme to take homes via "adverse possession" and rent them to unwitting tenants.

After his release in July, authorities say, he did the same thing with four homes and was arrested on Sept. 7 after owners of one of the homes surfaced.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office report, on Sept. 27, a detective learned Cheryl Heflin and Wilson still were living in a home at 705 Beech Road — near Belvedere Road and Congress Avenue — after the detective had told them and other renters they didn't have permission and should move out.

Carl Heflin's new charges include burglary, organized scheme to defraud and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

When Carl Heflin was arrested last month, his 17-year-old daughter also was charged with burglary because she allegedly broke windows to enter empty homes so her father could change locks, a report said.

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