Providence man in arson-for-profit plot gets 6 1/2 years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Providence man has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after he was convicted of orchestrating a scheme to set fire to a multi-family building he owned in an effort to collect more than $725,000 in insurance.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Providence says 40-year-old Kormahyah Karmue was sentenced on Wednesday. He was convicted by a jury in May of conspiracy to commit arson and three counts each of wire fraud and mail fraud.

He was also sentenced for defrauding the government of $61,250 in unemployment compensation after pleading guilty to theft of government funds.

Prosecutors said Karmue was the ringleader of the scheme and enlisted three others in November 2013 to set fire to the Providence building, which was occupied at the time. Nobody was hurt.

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