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Washington business owner pleads guilty to setting insurance on fire

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Bigelow had an insurance policy that covered up to $100,000 in loss of property and income, Gorman said. Her business was struggling and fell behind in rent and bills in 2018. She set fire under three valuable paintings and filed a claim for the losses, Gorman said. Connie Bigelow, 53, admitted in the plea agreement that she set fire to her business, CJN Miniatures & More — a dollhouse, collectibles and antiques shop, said Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 17. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Bigelow communicated with the insurance agent through email as part of the wire fraud scheme, Gorman said. She also made false statements to law enforcement.

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