R.I. Woman Gets 10-Year Prison Sentence for Insurance Fraud

August 3, 2012

Prosecutors say a Warwick, R.I., woman has been sentenced to 10 years and a day in federal prison for setting her house on fire to commit mail fraud.

The Providence Journal reports that U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha says Louisa M. Knight was sentenced Wednesday. He said she fraudulently collected more than $44,000 in insurance, which she must now repay.

The 43-year-old Knight pleaded guilty in May to mail fraud and use of a fire to commit mail fraud. She acknowledged she caused the fire in July 2011 and had an insurance adjuster file a claim the same day.

The fire injured two firefighters. Authorities say Knight arranged to have her pets and some belongings removed from the home just before the fire started.

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