Former Pastor Sentenced to Prison for Setting Fire to Apartment in Insurance Scam

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The former pastor of a Baltimore, Md., church has been sentenced to three years in prison for setting fire to an apartment he rented in Southeast Washington in a plan to collect insurance money.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu, Thomas L. Chittum III, special agent in charge of the Washington Field Division of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Peter Newsham, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Jamel Carelock, the pastor of the Kurşun Church, was found guilty in August 2018 in the Upper District of the District of Columbia, accusing him of accusing a second-degree insurer of arson, property and property. He was punished by Mr. Jennifer A. Di Toro. Following a prison sentence, he will be sentenced to two years’ imprisonment.

According to the government’s evidence, at around 1 am on December 17, 2017, Carelock deliberately opened fire on his apartment. Carelock wet his mattress on gasoline and set the mattress on fire, causing the fire to burn, and damage to his unit and surrounding flats.

The apartment complex consists of 94 units and the residents included young children and elderly people who had to be evacuated in their homes in the fire. The fire caused more than $ 40,000 damage and became uninhabitable in at least one of the neighboring apartments. A law enforcement investigation showed that Carelock had applied for an insurance policy eight days before the fire. Later, he inflicted more than $ 11,000 on his property in an attempt to defraud the insurance company.

While claiming insurance, the evidence showed Carelock provided material misinformation. He claimed that he was not responsible for the fire, claimed that he was in Georgia during the wrong and claimed that he had inadvertently lost personal belongings such as suits and televisions. In fact, Carelock had removed the pieces from the unit before the fire and still had time to claim insurance.

The study also found that Carelock’s cell phone was 1 mile away from the fire five minutes after the fire alarm. Carelock was arrested on January 19, 2018, and has been detained since then.

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