Eagan businessman sent to diversion program for trying to steal from county

Alejandro Luebbert, who received county money for work on his business that was never done, will receive a stayed theft conviction if he completes a two-year diversion program. Luebbert is the owner of Zest Bar and Grille in Eagan and Super Mercado Olmeca in Burnsville. (File photo)

Alejandro Luebbert, who received county money for work on his business that was never done, will receive a stayed theft conviction if he completes a two-year diversion program. Luebbert is the owner of Zest Bar and Grille in Eagan and Super Mercado Olmeca in Burnsville. (File photo)

An Eagan businessman who received county money for work on his business that was never done will receive a stayed theft conviction if he completes a two-year diversion program.

Alejandro Luebbert, 47, was sentenced on April 7 to a two-year diversion program in which he will be required to complete community service, and pay restitution and program fees. Luebbert also received two years unsupervised probation.

The program is aimed at changing the behavior of first-time offenders, according to the county’s website. The defendant’s criminal history, the nature of the offense and, in theft or property cases, the dollar amount, damages or loss determine who is eligible for the program.

Luebbert, who owns Zest Bar and Grille in Eagan and Super Mercado Olmeca in Burnsville, requested $2,651.34 from Dakota County in 2011 for a camera surveillance system to be installed by a contractor. County officials say their investigation revealed the surveillance system had never been installed.

Luebbert has faced mounting financial troubles in the past three years including eight lawsuits by several debtors.

DeSoto Associates Limited Partnership, a Little Canada commercial real estate company, filed a lawsuit in February 2013 alleging Luebbert owed the company $8,375.04 for rent, insurance and an electric bill, among other debts. In the suit, DeSoto claimed Luebbert and his company, Super Mercado Olmeca, failed to pay $5,202.68 in rent, $179.57 in insurance, and $225.67 in electric bills between November 2012 and January 2013.

A settlement was reached in March of that year.

Luebbert moved the grocery store and deli to DeSoto’s property at 14117 Irving Ave. S. in Burnsville after being forced in 2010 to vacate Valley Ridge Shopping Center in Burnsville to make way for a housing project.

The owner of the center sold the property to the Dakota County Community Development Agency, which turned the property into a senior housing complex.

Luebbert came under fire in November 2010 by Burnsville city officials for problems at his night club, VIP Olmeca Events, which was next door to the grocery store. Residents complained at the time about music volumes and people loitering in the parking lot after closing.

One month after DeSoto sued Luebbert, Great Southern Bank, a Missouri-based lender, filed a lawsuit claiming Luebbert owed $123,638.35 for defaulting on a business loan.

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