- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Sentencing has been set for a New Jersey man who pleaded guilty to insurance fraud charges in connection with the 2010 arson of the landmark Hitching Post Inn.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/2eqap7L ) that Falgun Dharia faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 17.

Dharia was a principal in CJM Hospitality LLC, which bought the Hitching Post at a bankruptcy proceeding. Prosecutors say the blaze was set to defraud an insurance company of $13 million.

Dharia has admitted to knowing about the arson when filing an insurance claim, but denies responsibility for the fire.

One of Dharia’s business partners and two other men were sentenced to prison in 2013 for various crimes related to the blaze.

Dharia will be sentenced in New York.


Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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