April 22, 2018
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Man acquitted of setting own house on fire for insurance money

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A 63-year-old Maine man has been acquitted of charges that he set his own house on fire to collect insurance money.

A Kennebec County Superior Court jury on Friday found Alan Crocker not guilty of two arson charges stemming from a Jan. 28, 2010, fire at his Federal Street home.

Prosecutors said Crocker was the only person at home at the time of the fire and that he had financial problems after filing for bankruptcy protection in 2009.

But Crocker’s attorney said Crocker was current on all his debts and is worse off now than before the fire, with no house or belongings.

The Kennebec Journal reported that Crocker broke down in tears when the verdict was announced.

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