Calif. Man Mangles Hand in Alleged Insurance Scam

July 9, 2007

A man who allegedly tried to burn down his recently remodeled house now has a mangled hand and is facing arson and fraud charges.

Sutter County prosecutors say 29-year-old Juan Jose Luna was trying to collect insurance money on his home in Live Oak, Calif.

Instead, they say he set off an early morning explosion that blew out the walls and sent glass flying 90 feet.

“Some type of accelerant” was being used, but it exploded rather than burned when it was ignited, Sutter County Undersheriff J. Paul Parker said.

Luna was found wandering two blocks from the burning house with a badly injured hand after the explosion June 12. Luna lost at least one finger, said Live Oak Fire Capt. Dan Yager.

Luna isn’t talking to investigators, Parker said. He is free on $100,000 bond while he awaits a July 23 arraignment in Sutter County Superior Court.

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