Dodge County’s sheriff is cautioning Wisconsin property owners with financial trouble not to resort to arson to solve their problems.
Sheriff Todd Nehls says he’s noticed a disturbing trend. Cars, houses or cabins are going up in smoke by owners who expect to receive a big insurance check. Instead, they end up behind bars.
The sheriff says his department has solved five suspicious fires in the last year and a-half. Nehl’s says in one case, a woman embezzled $80,000 from her employer, was behind on her mortgage and thought she could take care of both by torching her house.
Just this week, a Hayward tavern owner was found guilty of burning his business to collect more than $250,000 in insurance money. Philip Lathrop will be sentenced May 8. He once owned Player’s Sports Bar and Grill.
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