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Owners of Diner in New Jersey Admit Setting Fire for Insurance Money

The owners of a New Jersey diner have admitted burning it down to collect insurance. Sussex County prosecutors say 49-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz pleaded guilty to arson on Wednesday. Prosecutors say the pair said business at the …

Florida Man Arrested for Setting Car on Fire to Collect Insurance Payout

A resident in Orange County, Florida, is alleged to have committed an insurance scheme that included having his car stolen and destroyed to collect an insurance payout. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater announced the recent arrest of Michael Abrams on …

Six Arrested in $900K Insurance Fraud Scheme Involving 30 Virginia Fires

Virginia prosecutors say six people have been arrested for their alleged roles in an insurance fraud scheme that involved setting 30 fires. Federal prosecutors say the defendants over the course of 16 years set fire to homes, trailers, mobile homes …

Woman Arrested in Connection with 28 California Fires

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in connection to 28 fires set throughout the city of Fullerton, Calif., since September. The Orange County Register reports that the woman was arrested after investigators found her trying to set fire to bushes …

Maine Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fatal Fire

A Biddeford, Maine, man has pleaded guilty to setting a fire that claimed two lives there when he was 18 years old. Dylan Collins pleaded guilty Tuesday in Superior Court in Alfred, Maine, to one count of arson and to …

Man Convicted of Burning Down His Rhode Island Restaurant to Collect Insurance

A Massachusetts man has been convicted of burning down a restaurant he owned in Rhode Island. Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Daniel Saad was attempting to collect on a nearly $1 million insurance policy when he set fire to Snow’s Clam …

Man Charged with Setting New York Apartment Building on Fire

Authorities say they’ve charged a 63-year-old man with setting a fire in an apartment building in Buffalo, leaving 18 people homeless. Fire officials say the fire was set around 5 a.m. Saturday in a multi-unit building on Bailey Avenue. All …

Ex-Nanny for Penguins Player in Pennsylvania Gets 5-Year Federal Sentence

The former nanny of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz was sentenced Tuesday to five years in federal prison for setting fire to her rental residence and then filing fraudulent insurance claims for the contents. The public defender for Andrea Forsythe, …

New York Man Sentenced to 60 Years for Killing Fiancee for Insurance

A 48-year-old man convicted of killing his fiancee to collect on her life insurance has been sentenced to 60 years in prison. Federal prosecutors said Thursday that Ronald Epps of Amherst was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Buffalo. A …

New Zealand Quake’s Insured Losses Estimated at $705M-$3.5B: Aon Cat Report

Insurance losses from last month’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake in New Zealand are likely to range between NZ$1.0 to 5.0 billion (US$705 million and US$3.5 billion), according to a report published by Impact Forecasting, Aon Benfield’s catastrophe model development team. At …