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Former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, who is serving a 66-month term in federal prison for public corruption, has settled two workers’ compensation cases against Orange County for more than $37,000 over injuries he suffered on duty, according to state records reviewed by the Orange County Register.

The Orange County Register says that Carona, 57, agreed through his attorney to accept $22,165 as compensation for lower back, hip and leg injuries he suffered in a car crash Dec. 5, 2005

The claim stems from a car accident on Dec. 5, 2006. Carona was a passenger in an unmarked department vehicle that rear-ended another car causing an injury to his lower back.The driver of the car was an investigator from what was formerly known as the dignitary protection unit, which regularly provided security and transportation for Carona. The investigator picked up Carona at his home because Carona had a full schedule that day, and when they were traveling near Chapman Avenue and Earlham Street in Orange about 8 a.m.,traffic suddenly stopped and they rear-ended the car in front of them.

Carona’s driver and the driver of the other car were not injured. But Carona filed a workers’ compensation claim for his back pain at the time, and it was accepted. Since then, Carona has received medical treatment through the claim.Then Carona filed an application for adjudication of claim.

Carona resigned from office after nine years in January 2008 to focus on his federal public corruption trial. He was convicted in 2009 of federal witness tampering and sentenced to 66 months in prison. He was acquitted on five other charges, including conspiracy, three charges of mail fraud and one additional count of witness tampering. He was ultimately convicted and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison and a fine of $125,000.

A doctor examined Carona before he reported to a Colorado prison in January 2011 and determined he suffered permanent injuries on the job.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Carona’s appeal. Carona had argued prosecutors breached an ethical rule when they had an assistant sheriff secretly record him in 2007, and that he was charged under the wrong federal statute.