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Baldwin County man convicted in workers' compensation theft case

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Kelvin Leon Farrington (Photo: Baldwin County Jail) Kelvin Leon Farrington (Photo: Baldwin County Jail)
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A Baldwin County man who was ordered to pay $211,243 in restitution after his conviction for a theft related to workers’ compensation, according to an announcement by state Attorney General Steve Marshall's office Wednesday.

Kelvin Leon Farrington, of Gulf Shores, pleaded guilty Tuesday 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. 

According to a news release from the attorney general's office, 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.. the news release states.

“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.”

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