|By Doreen Hemlock, Sun Sentinel|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"We've always focused on settling our claims fairly and ethically for our policyholders and claimants," said
The Peters family said their saga began in 2005 when Hurricane Wilma damaged their business where they made high-end furniture and cabinets. The Peters sought relief through their insurance policy, but Debra instead ended up facing fraud charges and imprisoned, according to their lawyers.
"Imagine filing a legitimate insurance claim in an effort to save the 20-year-old business you built from the ground up only to find yourself charged with fraud, strip searched and thrown in jail," said
While the Peters had a paid policy in place,
"First two years, whenever I saw a sheriff's car, I thought they were going to come back and get me,"
The Peters borrowed money from friends to fix the hurricane-damaged building that housed their wood-working business but never could replace the equipment for their firm. They rented the space to another company, where Ronald now works as an employee.
While Debra faced criminal charges, Ronald said he became "extremely depressed... You lose everything you work for.. You don't want to do anything. You want to sleep."
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