Three suspects are accused of a scheme to torch Warren homes to collect the insurance money.
Daryl Evans, Maurice Evans and David White face federal charges for the alleged crime, according to an indictment filed in the Northern District Court of Ohio on December 4. That indictment was unsealed this week.
According to the indictment, Daryl Evans purchased a house located at 1628 Hamilton St. SW, purchasing an insurance policy on the house shortly thereafter.
Evans used the house as a rental property from 2011 to 2014.
The indictment says Evans also purchased 267 Parkman Road and began renting out that property as well.
Investigators say Daryl and Maurice Evans conspired to intentionally set fire to the Hamilton Street property and then submit insurance claims, lying about the cause of the fire.
They say Maurice Evans hired an unnamed arsonist to set fire to the house in August 2013.
The fire there damaged the house but did not completely destroy it. As such, Daryl and Maurice Evans set fire to the house again in April of 2014, according to the indictment.
The indictment also alleges that Daryl Evans and David White did the same thing at the house on Parkman Road to collect more insurance money. It says Evans paid White in cash and drugs for setting the fire, and Evans then collected the insurance money.
The suspects face several charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud, use of fire in the commission of a felony and destroying or damaging property used in interstate commerce.