A small business owner in Nebraska has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for defrauding insurance after burning down his business.
53-year-old Thomas Schropp of Omaha has been sentenced for arson and insurance fraud.
U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg says Schropp hired a person in November of 2008 to set fire to his business in Nashville, NE, PK Manufacturing. Schropp then submitted a false insurance claim for approximately $4.3 million.
Schropp will serve three years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence. He also has been ordered to pay $7.6 million to various victims of his crimes, including Sentry Insurance, various banks, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.