Yo. woman convicted of burning rental for money

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson found a Youngstown woman guilty of setting fire to a rental property in order to collect insurance money, according to United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach.

Latasha Curtis, 33, is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 13. She was convicted on one count of conspiracy, one count of use of fire during a felony, and one count of maliciously damaging and destroying, and attempting to damage and destroy real estate used in interstate commerce.

Prosecutors believe Curtis and others conspired to commit arson of a rental property located at 75 Hilton Avenue in Youngstown, and to commit wire fraud in submitting false claims against State Farm Insurance Corporation for the proceeds of an insurance policy on the property, according to court documents.

The property was burned in a fire occurring on October 19, 2013, which was intentionally set by Curtis and others, according to court documents.

State Farm paid $67,916.10 after the insurance claim on the property was submitted, according court documents.

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