Worth County HS students to soon see improper drug search settlement checks

Worth County High School students to soon see improper drug search settlement checks./ Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

Students will soon get their lawsuit settlement checks more than a year after the improper Worth County High School search.

Late last year, the class action law suit against former Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby was settled for more than $2.5 million.

Attorney Mark Begnaud with Horsley Begnaud LLC said the judge formally approved the settlement on July 11. Now, the paperwork is in the process of being completed.

After that, the insurance company will give the money to the law firm so that they could give the money to the students.

Each student will receive an amount between $1,000 to $4,000.

Students had to fill out a form explaining their search experience, and that will determine how much money they would get.

"We all worked really hard to make sure that this could be done in a fast manner,” Begnaud said. “We're very happy to have been able to get this done as quickly as we can. Hopefully the money that's going into this community will be helpful for these kids."

Begnaud said students should get their checks within the next few months.

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