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Owners of New Jersey Diner Who Burned it Down for Insurance Avoid Prison

The owners of a New Jersey diner who burned it down to collect insurance money have been spared prison terms. Forty-nine-year-old Tina Diakos and 40-year-old Ozkan Cengiz were both sentenced to five years of probation on Friday. They had each …

Boys Charged in New Jersey Playground Fire that Caused $80K in Damage

Police have arrested two boys in connection with a fire that caused $80,000 worth of damage to a playground in New Jersey. Linden police say the 13-year-old and the 11-year-old were taken into custody late Sunday after neighbors identified them …

Restaurant Owner Sentenced for Setting Fire to His Rhode Island Business

A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for setting fire to his restaurant to collect nearly $1 million in insurance. The U.S. attorney’s office in Rhode Island says 51-year-old Daniel Saad, of Spencer, was sentenced …

New York Teen Gets Probation, Psychiatric Care in Friend’s Fire Death

A teenager who has been in and out of the hospital with mental health problems since the death of a friend in a massive fire the boys started was sentenced Tuesday to a year of probation. A Family Court judge …

Warrant Issued For Illinois Man Accused of Burning Down Business for Insurance

Authorities in central Illinois have issued an arrest warrant for a businessman they allege burned down his auto and tire shop last year. The State Journal-Register in Springfield reported the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department has issued an arrest warrant on …

Caution Urged as Wildfire Season Starts in New Jersey

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service is urging residents to be cautious as the spring wildfire season starts in the state. The agency says this year’s season is starting a little earlier than usual because winter conditions became drier and …

Authorities Charge 2 with Arson in Maine Storage Building Fire

State fire officials say two men have been charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a large storage building in Etna, Maine. Officials say several smaller storage buildings for sale at Hill View Mini Barns also were …

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 …