Gilboa resident James E. Papas was arrested last week on charges that he intentionally set fire to his trailer and claimed he'd been blasted out of the window by an exploding furnace. A press release from the New York State Insurance Department:
Papas faces charges of third degree insurance fraud and third degree arson. He was released pending a hearing in Schoharie County Court. He could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted.
James isn't the only Papas to be arrested recently for allegedly committing smokin' hot insurance fraud.
Papas's arrest occurred two weeks after the arrest of his wife, Charlene L. Papas. She is accused of intentionally burning her car on Jan. 7. She also faces charges of insurance fraud and arson.
Via the Schoharie Tattler.