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Steven T. Marshall
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 August 30, 2017

AG MARSHALL ANNOUNCES CONVICTION FOR THEFT RELATED TO WORKERS’ COMPENSATION;
BALDWIN COUNTY MAN ORDERED TO PAY $211,243 IN RESTITUTION

            (MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the conviction of a Baldwin County man who was ordered to pay $211,243 in restitution for a theft related to workers’ compensation. Kelvin Leon Farrington, of Gulf Shores, pleaded guilty yesterday in Baldwin County Circuit Court to first-degree theft. In addition to the restitution order, he was sentenced to two years, which was suspended, and placed on probation for three years.

            Farrington’s conviction arises from reimbursement claims he made for travels to health care providers who were treating an injury for which he had been receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a number of years. Farrington overstated his actual mileage by exorbitant amounts, and the overpayments were a theft from the insurance company that covered his workers’ compensation, which paid a far greater amount than Farrington was entitled to receive.

            “Theft related to workers’ compensation actually involves many victims,” said Attorney General Marshall. “This is not just a crime against the private companies that insure and pay out the benefits, but also against the State of Alabama and those workers who make honest claims for which they are legitimately deserving of assistance. I am pleased that this defendant is being held to account for his theft and we are recovering the resources that were lost due to his deception.”

            Attorney General Marshall thanked the Alabama Labor Department, which referred this matter to the Attorney General’s Office for investigation and possible prosecution.  He commended those involved in bringing the case to a successful conclusion, noting in particular Assistant Attorneys General Brittney Bucak and Christopher Moore of his Criminal Trials Division and Special Agents of his Investigations Division. 

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