It says Higgins called Dayton police to United Demolition’s office in downtown Dayton in November 2014 for a theft complaint because United Demolition didn’t do the work or return the money. The Dayton Daily News last year obtained police dispatch records confirming that call.
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The suit seeks more than $30,000, plus interest and damages.
Higgins has pleaded not guilty to federal fraud charges accusing him of pocketing money paid by his insurance company to repairs at his Meeker Creek home caused by a leaking fish tank. The indictment says the insurance company lost more than $100,000.
Higgins is accused of telling the confidential informant to do only part of the repairs and give him the remaining money, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Dayton Daily News.
Federal officials said when Higgins was indicted that his case was linked to a federal corruption probe that led to convictions of former city commissioner Joey Williams, former state lawmaker Clayton Luckie and former Dayton city employee RoShawn Winburn.
A Dayton Daily News investigation found, based on records and interviews, that Marshall is a government informant in the investigation and United Demolition was involved in the cases of Williams and Higgins. Marshall denied he is the informant.
Marshall declined to comment Friday.