SACRAMENTO — An arson fraud scheme in Sacramento spanning years came to an end after three men, including hometown hero Spencer Stone’s father, were charged in a 60-count indictment.
Brian Stone, Jamal Shehadeh and Saber Shehadeh are accused of collecting $1.5 million in insurance proceeds after the lengthy scheme.
According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, from December 2009 to September 2013, seven fires were deliberately set or caused by Jamal Shehadeh in Sacramento and Carmichael.
The three men allegedly worked together to submit false insurance claims which resulted in getting money from insurance companies.
“Our fire investigations team started investigating they soon realized there was more to it than just as standard fire they got the ATF and the FBI involved and it’s now led up to what it is today,” said Captain Dave Lauchner with the Sacramento Fire Department.
Brian Stone is accused of providing business consultant services that assisted with the insurance claims.
Alek Skarlatos’ mother Heidi Hansen tells FOX40 she’s shocked by the allegations against Stone although she says the 57-year-old isn’t a big part of his kids lives and she doesn’t know him well. Hansen stresses Stone’s alleged actions have no reflection on the type of person his son Spencer is.
Stone is charged with 13 counts of mail fraud or wire fraud.
Jamal Shehadeh, 57, who owned some of the businesses that burned down, faces seven counts of arson, 52 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of money laundering.
Saber Shehadeh, 73, who owned a Tru Value Market that went up in flames, is charged with three counts of mail fraud.
If found guilty the defendants could face anywhere from years behind bars to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.