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Florida Woman’s False Arrest Results in $200,000 Jury Verdict

Florida’s Palm Beach County Sheriff paid $200,000 to satisfy a verdict in a lawsuit stemming from a woman being falsely accused of burglary and credit card fraud.

After several cars were burglarized in August 2011, the owners reported their credit cards had been used at a Target store.  Surveillance video showed a black female and male using the cards.  A crime stopper tip led police to Prianna Lester.

She was approached on October 5, 2011, at a gas station after Deputy Sheriff Daniel Shea matched the video to her driver’s license picture.  Lester said she was not involved in the burglaries and that she used to work at a Target.

She was transported to the Sheriff’s Office, interrogated, and charged with burglary to a vehicle.  The charges were dropped and Lester represented by Lake Worth Attorney Christopher A. Haddad, sued for false arrest.  She received the $200,000 jury verdict on February 4, 2015.  See: Lester v. Bradshaw, Circuit Court of Palm Beach County, Florida, Case No 502013CA009385.

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Lester v. Bradshaw