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NCJ Number: 63103 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: INNER CITY ARSON
Journal: FBI LAW ENFORCEMENT BULLETIN  Volume:48  Issue:10  Dated:(OCTOBER 1979)  Pages:16-20
Author(s): R E WALSH
Corporate Author: Federal Bureau of Investigation
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Federal Bureau of Investigation
Washington, DC 20535-0001
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Publisher: https://www.fbi.gov 
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS ARTICLE EXAMINES INNER CITY ARSON AS INSURANCE FRAUD AND DESCRIBES METHODS TO EXPOSE THE CRIME AND BRING ABOUT THE ARREST OF THE GUILTY PERSON.
Abstract: THE CLASSIC PATTERN OF INNER CITY ARSON AS INSURANCE FRAUD IS EXPLAINED, AND THE SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS THAT INDICATE THAT A FIRE WAS SET FOR INSURANCE FRAUD PURPOSES ARE DETAILED. THESE CLUES INCLUDE PROPERTY GIVEN AN INFLATED VALUE AS BASIS FOR ADDITIONAL INSURANCE COVERAGE, INSURANCE OBTAINED JUST BEFORE A FIRE OCCURS, MULTIPLE ORIGINS OF A FIRE, A VACANT BUILDING OR ONE STRIPPED OF ANY VALUABLE CONTENTS, AND A HISTORY OF PREVIOUS FIRES. CRIMINALS INVOLVED IN AN INNER CITY ARSON CASE MAY BE GUILTY OF MORE THAN ARSON. THEY MAY BE VIOLATING OTHER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS COVERING INSURANCE FRAUD, BANK AND MAIL FRAUD, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, AND PERJURY. EVIDENCE OF FRAUD MAY BE DEVELOPED FROM AVAILABLE RECORDS WHICH DEMONSTRATE THE PROPERTY INVESTOR'S INVOLVEMENT BY SHOWING CONFLICTING INFORMATION, DECEPTION, AND FALSE STATEMENTS. OTHER RECORDS TO REVIEW INCLUDES THE REGISTER OF DEEDS AND CITY AND COUNTY TAX RECORDS. FINALLY, THE ARTICLE POINTS OUT THAT INNER CITY ARSON SCHEMES OFTEN INVOLVE PERSONS WITH FINANCIAL WEALTH AND STATUS. INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES ARE GIVEN. PHOTOGRAPHS ARE INCLUDED. (RFC)
Index Term(s): Arson; Criminal investigation units; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Insurance fraud
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