Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Eric Carlyle Heflin, age 66 of Rosemount, was sentenced today to 60 days of Electronic Home Monitoring and two years of probation by Judge Christopher Lehmann in connection with the theft of over $20,000.00 from a Lakeville youth sports Booster Club from December 2018 through July 2020. At the time of these thefts, Heflin was the varsity softball coach at Lakeville South High School. Heflin pled guilty on June 17, 2021, to one count of Theft by Swindle (Over $5,000). Heflin was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $23,508.84. The other counts were dismissed.
In September 2020, the Lakeville Police Department received a report of the possible misappropriation of funds by a high school varsity softball coach identified as Heflin, who had been the softball coach for the Lakeville South High School since October 2018. In his role as head coach, Heflin was responsible for the selection and purchase of equipment, among other duties. It was initially reported that he submitted an invoice to the Booster Club requesting reimbursement in the amount of $2,365 for a project involving field work to the softball field. The invoice indicated the service was provided by ABC Concrete and Laser Grading located in Farmington, Minnesota. Through investigation, it was determined that this company does not exist, and it appeared to be a falsified invoice.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. A previous news release can be viewed at County Attorney News Releases. If in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena commented: “Mr. Heflin's theft of monies intended to support youth athletics was a betrayal of trust. The victims in this case include not just the Booster Club, but also the youth participants and all those who donated money and volunteer hours to this organization."
Keena praised Cassandra Shepherd, Assistant County Attorney who prosecuted the case. Keena thanked the Lakeville Police Department for their investigation of this matter.
If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.