Attorneys Daren Stabinski and
Todd Stabinski, of Stabinski & Funt, P.A., recently served as counsel for a money
courier in a lawsuit against Brink's Inc. Their client, Mario Martinez,
had been working as a money courier for Brink's when a bag containing
$350,000 in cash went missing while in transit from one of the company's
facilities to another. After conducting a two-day internal investigation,
the West Palm Beach Police Department was contacted and Martinez was subsequently
arrested for theft. After spending nearly six months in jail, Martinez
was acquitted of the charges.
Shortly thereafter, Martinez decided to file a lawsuit against Brink's
Inc. for malicious prosecution. He argued that Brink's had failed
to provide complete and unbiased evidence against him. He believes that
this was because a security director at the company wanted to establish
that the theft occurred in West Palm Beach, rather than Miami –
the reason being that loss rates were unacceptably high at his base. With
the help of our firm, Martinez further argued that the security chief
had steered police in one direction so that there was no probe into other
Brink's employees or facilities.
Due to the hardship that the theft accusations had caused him, Martinez
also sought damages for emotional distress and lost earnings. The defendants
argued that they had acted in good faith when reporting the theft to police,
and that the police's investigation was independent of their own.
They further stated that the basis for this particular employee's
arrest was the culmination of several hours of surveillance tapes that
showed Martinez at the West Palm Beach facility. In the end, the court
ruled that Brink's targeted Martinez "for reasons other than
an effort to locate the true thief."
For this reason, our client was awarded $4,261,050 in compensatory damages
and $4 million in punitive damages. If you are interested in learning
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