WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - For the second time, a former West Palm Beach police officer is accused of using bogus paperwork to illegally evict people from foreclosed homes and then rent out the homes.
Carl Heflin faces multiple charges including burglary, organized scheme to defraud and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. On Wednesday, the 52-year-old was ordered to be held in jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Heflin was arrested for the first time in 2009. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Heflin used bogus warrant deeds and a junk legal justification he called "adverse possession" to seize and plunder around 30 houses.
Heflin was released from jail in July.
If the house was locked, authorities said Heflin would break the windows, change the locks and rent it out.