Kansas City Woman Pleads Guilty to Arson-for-Insurance Charges

January 31, 2016

A Kansas City woman has admitted to helping to burn down one home and plotting to burn another for insurance money.

The U.S. attorney’s office says 35-year-old Tina Shonk pleaded guilty to two federal counts. Through her plea, she admitted to helping set an April 2014 fire in a home she was renting. Her landlord had been seeking to evict her because she owned more than $10,000 in rent.

Beforehand, she helped haul broken electronics and appliances into the home so it would appear valuable items were destroyed. She shared the $57,364 insurance payment with two other people. The home’s owner received a $173,100 insurance payment.

Prosecutors say Shonk later plotted to burn down another home.

She faces up to 25 years in prison. A co-defendant pleaded guilty earlier.

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