Man Convicted of Arson
MD ( January 15, 2010) - Attorney General Douglas
F. Gansler announced today that Ryan Blumenauer, 22, of Hagerstown,
plead guilty to felony arson in the Circuit Court for Washington
County. Judge Daniel P. Dwyer sentenced Blumenauer to five
years in jail, all suspended, three years probation and 100
hours of community service.
On October 20, 2008,
there was a fire at Blumenauer’s home
in Hagerstown. An investigator from the State Fire Marshal’s
Office observed two points of origin and concluded the fire had
been set deliberately. While area volunteer fire departments were
fighting the blaze, Blumenauer contacted the insurance company
covering his house and initiated a fraudulent claim for $75,000
in damages. No people or animals were injured in the fire.
The conviction follows
a joint investigation by the Insurance Fraud Division of the
Maryland Insurance Administration, the Maryland
State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Maryland State Police and
the Office of the Attorney General.