Man sentenced for Boardman restaurant arson

Raj Ingle pleads guilty to burning of spice of India in Boardman, Ohio

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The former owner of Spice of India will serve a year behind bars after being sentenced Monday in connection with the burning of his restaurant.

On Monday, Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny sentenced Rajendra Ingle to serve 12 months on a charge of arson and six months on a charge of insurance fraud. Those terms will be served at the same time.

In October 2013, Spice of India on Market Street burned to the ground.

Investigators later determined the fire to be an arson.

Three other people were sentenced for their part in the crime. Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Nick Brevetta described Ingle as the mastermind of the plan, who took criminal action after a dispute with his landlord and the failure of the business.

Sonia Bhatia, Christopher Reynolds and Jessie Winphrie were also sentenced for their part on Monday. Each will serve 20 days in county jail and will have to share, with Ingle, in repaying $190,000 to the owner of the building.

The fire happened Oct. 8, 2013 at the restaurant at the corner of McClurg Road and Market Street in Boardman. Fire crews from Boardman and Beaver Townships knocked down the flames.

Judge Pokorny said Ingle was guilty of ‘corrupting’ his codependents, and said the probation asked for by Ingle’s defense attorney did not fit the seriousness of the crime.

 

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