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HS Softball Coach Charged with Theft from Booster

Andy Berg

A former high school softball coach in Minnesota has been charged with stealing over $15,000 from a youth sports booster club.

Eric Heflin, 65, was the varsity softball coach at Lakeville South High School at the time of the alleged thefts. He is being charged with three felony count of theft-by-swindle.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Minneapolis ABC affiliate, the Lakeville Police Department in September received a report of the possible misappropriation of funds by Heflin, who had been employed at Lakeville since October of 2018.

The initial report was that Heflin had submitted a reimbursement request for $2,365 for field work completed by “ABC Concrete Laser Grading.” An investigation revealed the company does not exist.

The criminal complaint lists at least nine instances where Heflin requested fabricated reimbursements.

When first questioned, Heflin denied any knowledge of fraudulent transactions but later admitted to one instance that he made up the invoices he had submitted.

Heflin will make his first appearance in court in the coming weeks.

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