Firefighter and Wife Charged with ArsonInsurance Fraud — By Trace America on April 16, 2012 at 2:15 PM
A former Oklahoma firefighter and his wife are accused of breaking the law, again. They were previously arrested before on charges that they stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from their own family; and now they’re being charged with intentionally setting their home on fire.
According to KXII News, on December 26th, the home of a former firefighter, Jason Hamilton, and his wife, Holly Hamilton, burned to the ground. Pontotoc County officials stated that the fire was labeled as suspicious, and that it was never fully investigated. That all changed recently.
“Through my investigation we found probable cause to charge each Holly and Jason with first degree arson,” said Ada Fire Marshal Justin Priest.
Court documents note that a mere two weeks before the fire, Holly Hamilton took out a $650,000 home insurance policy.
Priest wouldn’t go into any detail about the investigation, but he did confirm that Jason has been fired from the department.
Recently, the couple was arrested for stealing nearly $400,000 dollars from Holly’s parents, Rick and Jennifer Campbell, who own National Live Stock Credit Corporation.
Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said, “Our investigation actually started back in March 2011, and we have a report from the Campbell’s that their accounts have been obviously tampered with. And of course in the meantime, while all this is going on, the Hamilton’s had their house fire.”
Christian credits a multi-jurisdictional task force, which was designed just for the Hamilton case, with helping charge both Holly and Jason. They are both charged with first degree arson, false claim for insurance and conspiracy.
He stated, “The investigative officer here in our office has 3 binders that are each three inches thick, three to four inches thick, on information on this case. It is very detailed there is a lot of information.”
Jason is now booked on a $100,000 bond, while Holly’s was set at $250,000.
Christian also noted, “I think that they thought that these were crimes that they could possibly get away with and weren’t trackable.”
This post is authored by Trace America.