LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A firefighter intentionally set his personal auto on fire and reported it stolen in an attempt to collect cash from his insurance coverage business, police in Prince George’s County say.
Marcus Anthony Jackson, 27, is assigned to Engine 4 and 1 of much more than a dozen District of Columbia firefighters to have been arrested in recent months.
Prince George’s County Police say he burned his 2006 Dodge Charger on January 23 around eleven:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Farmingdale Street in Capitol Heights. A short time later on he reported the auto stolen in the District and filed a declare with his insurance coverage organization, according to authorities.
Following an investigation, Jackson was charged with second-degree arson and malicious burning with intent to commit fraud. Police say he confessed to the crimes and has turned himself into the Prince George’s County Fire Marshal’s workplace Thursday afternoon.
If convicted of the felony arson charge, Jackson could face up to twenty years in jail and a $ thirty,000 fine. The fraud charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a $ 5,000 fine.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 6.
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