North Carolina man accused of torching home to collect insurance

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A Thomasville, N.C., man is accused of setting his house on fire in January to collect on a Farm Bureau Insurance policy.

The North Carolina Insurance Department said Eric Stewart Turner, 28, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud, fraudulently burning a dwelling and obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators say Turner set fire to a house where he lived  Jan. 17 to collect insurance payments. He allegedly made false statements about his whereabouts at the time of the fire while making the claim to Farm Bureau Insurance and fraudulently obtained $1,000 from the company for living expenses, officials said.

Turner surrendered to authorities at the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 16 and was placed under $10,000 secured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 16.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation of North Carolina Department of Insurance, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Davidson County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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