Contractor gets $14M in State Farm case

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A contractor will get the $14 million he won in a defamation case against State Farm Insurance, five years after being charged with insurance fraud.

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict for Joseph Radcliff and his company CPM.

In 2008, Radcliff was charged with 14 counts of insurance fraud, criminal mischief and attempted theft. Former employees of CPM told Eyewitness News in 2008 that Radcliff used a golf ball in a tube sock to create damage on a roof. The charges were dropped in 2009 when Radcliff admitted there was probable cause for his arrest for misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Radcliff countersued State Farm for defamation and won his case. The Court of Appeals also says State Farm is not entitled to a new trial.