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Driver allegedly crashes going to Florida trial, claims comp

January 09, 2019, Vero Beach, FL — A Vero Beach man was charged with insurance fraud after deputies said he filed a fraudulent worker's compensation claim worth more than $100,000 following a crash in June.

Indian River County deputies arrested Curtis Huff Jr., 50, of the 900 block of 32nd Avenue, on Monday. He was charged with filing a false insurance claim greater than $100,000 and released from the Indian River County Jail Tuesday on $20,000 bail.

Huff was injured June 13 when his vehicle struck a guardrail on State Road 60, about 20 miles west of Vero Beach.

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Investigators said Huff's employers filed the claim on his behalf following the crash after Huff told them he was on his way to a job site.

He was actually headed to a court date in Highlands County to stand trial for charges stemming from a prior arrest, deputies said.

The insurance company paid out about $135,070 on the claim, which Huff signed, according to reports.

Huff was found guilty of the prior charges — including battery on a law enforcement officer — when the trial resumed in August. He was sentenced to time served and five years' probation.

He will face a judge for the new charge on Feb. 15.

Source: TC Palm

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