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Court Ruling could make former Commissioner Kevin White rich

5:52 PM, Jul 12, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida-- Former Hillsborough Commissioner Kevin White got some great news Thursday, news that could line his pockets. 

White is currently in an Atlanta Federal Prison after an undercover video depicted White taking a bribe from an informant, and in turn found him guilty.

But now a Federal Appeals Court ruling could bring him big bucks from the incident where he was found to have sexually harassed his former aid, Alyssa Ogden.

A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta says the company that provides liability insurance for the county should have covered White's legal fees when he was sued for sexual harassment of his former aid.

White maintained that because he was a county employee, and was doing county business when a jury found him guilty of sexual harassment, he should have been covered by the county and the County Insurance Policy.

The Insurance company, State National Insurance, which gets a $500,000 a year premium and doesn't kick in until the County suffers more that $350,000 of damages, maintained it did not have to pay because White committed a willful violation of statues.

The court didn't see it that way, and told the company to pay up. 

Here is the kicker: Before White left for prison, he and his attorney told 10 News Investigators that they intend to file what's called a 'bad faith claim' against the insurance company that could result in a huge award. 

In a Texas ruling, an insurance company was ordered to pay $32 million, which means White could walk out of Prison in less than three years, a millionaire.

See the only interview White gave before heading to prison.


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