A Florida woman who got a $10,000 speeding ticket from a lawyer she accused of stealing her identity won a $1 million settlement Monday, her lawyer said.
Kimberly Hurds, of Orlando, sued her ex-boyfriend, Thomas DeSoto, in federal court in January after he wrote she had stolen $20,000 from him in a fake ticket.
DeSoto told investigators he never stole the money, but Hurd claimed he stole it in a different way.
She then sued DeSotos employer, Florida State University, claiming the university didn’t protect her from his bogus ticket, a case that has dragged on for nearly two years.
DeVos attorney, Greg Tappen, called the settlement a “victory” for Hurd, who said she had been trying to make money for years.
“The money she received is a win for Kimberly and she’ll always be able to take her case to court and prove her case,” Tappens attorney, Mark Hensley, said in a statement.
“This case is a classic example of an innocent person being wrongly convicted and the courts are not the place to adjudicate that case,” Hensly said.
DeLosi’s attorney, Kevin O’Donnell, said the settlement will help settle a civil case that Hurd filed against DeSotos.
DeLoz, DeSota’s attorney at O’Brien & Dowd, said he had no comment on the settlement.