Auto Fire Leads to Arson Arrest in Georgia

February 12, 2013

A suspect was arrested yesterday in connection with a fire that destroyed an automobile, according to Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Lewis J. Vaughn, 53, of McRae, was charged with first degree arson, false reporting of a crime and insurance fraud for allegedly torching his 2006 Chevy Malibu.

The car, valued at $7500, was found burned off of Highway 149 in Telfair County on Feb 3. On Feb 4, Vaughn reported the vehicle stolen and later filed an insurance claims with Auto-Owners Insurance Company, according to Hudgens.

First degree arson is a felony and carries a penalty of one to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

Source: Georgia Insurance and Safety Commissioner

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