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Cherry Hill, NJ Man Charged with Insurance Fraud and Arson in Connection to House Fire


According to Insurance Journal, Richard Orlandini of Wilkes Barre, PA was charged with 2nd degree aggravated arson, 2nd degree insurance fraud, 2nd degree theft by deception, and 2nd degree attempted theft by deception early last month.


The Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor conducted an investigation and determined that Orlandini started a fire at his former residence on Chapel Avenue West in Cherry Hill, NJ on October 19, 2018 for the purpose of “destroying the home and collecting insurance proceeds for the damage.”


Insurance Journal stated that, “According to the Cherry Hill Fire Department, firefighters arrived to find the two-story, single-family house ‘well involved’ in flames. The fire was placed under control October 20. There were no reported injuries. The house was subsequently demolished.”


They also stated that, “The circumstances surrounding the fire recklessly placed others in danger of death or bodily injury. Further, Orlandini is alleged to have obtained $75,000 or more under a homeowner’s insurance policy from Allstate Insurance Co.”


Second-degree charges carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000, and Orlandini’s arraignment is scheduled for December in Superior Court in Camden County, NJ.


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