Man Awarded $500,000 After Shoplifting


by Long Island Attorney Paul A. Lauto, Esq.

How does a man who admittedly shoplifted in a Queens, NY supermarket get over $500,000?  By suing New York City for a broken ankle sustained during the arrest.  It may sound like a line out of a stand up comedian’s act, but it’s not.  Truth really is sometimes stranger than fiction.

Kevin Jarman claimed that the 5’5″ arresting officer tripped the 6’2″ suspect while handcuffed, causing him to fall and sustain a fractured ankle.  Subsequently, the admitted shoplifter, sued New York City for personal injuries and was awarded $510,000 by a Brooklyn, NY jury.  Interestingly, this was not the first time that Jarman had sued NYC.  Jarman reportedly sued NYC two other times both for false arrest, settling the cases for $15,000 and $20,000 respectively.

Some people believe the jury award represents the uncovering of a wrongdoing by the police, while others believe it to be a travesty.  NYC believes the award of over one-half million dollars to a man who reportedly has made a good recovery from a broken ankle, is at the very least excessive.  Accordingly, NYC plans to appeal the verdict.

Long Island Lawyer
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. 


Paul A. Lauto, Esq.
Paul A. Lauto, Esq. completed his undergraduate studies at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1987, with a major in political science and a double minor in socio-legal studies and moral-legal issues in philosophy. Mr. Lauto received his Juris Doctor from New York Law School in 1990 and was admitted in 1991 to practice in the courts of New York State, as well as the Eastern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court.

Mr. Lauto has primarily focused on personal injury throughout his career and previously worked as in-house counsel to a major insurance company. In 2002 Mr. Lauto established Paul A. Lauto, PLLC, with a primary concentration on personal injury, all types of accident cases, Wills, Trusts and Estates and more. Paul is the sole author of his Scales of Justice blog, which provides updates and information about current legal stories in the news and how they may affect our lives. Mr. Lauto prides himself on providing clients maximum results, with a high level of personal attorney service and attention that is uncommon in the profession. For more information please visit