Firefighter Charged With Setting His Own Car On Fire

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A firefighter intentionally set his own car on fire and reported it stolen in an attempt to collect money from his insurance company, police in Prince George’s County say.

Marcus Anthony Jackson, 27, is assigned to Engine 4 and one of more than a dozen District of Columbia firefighters to have been arrested in recent months.

Prince George’s County Police say he burned his 2006 Dodge Charger on January 23 around 11:45 p.m. in the 1200 block of Farmingdale Road in Capitol Heights. A short time later he reported the car stolen in the District and filed a claim with his insurance company, according to authorities.

Following an investigation, Jackson was charged with second-degree arson and malicious burning with intent to commit fraud. Police say he confessed to the crimes and has turned himself into the Prince George’s County Fire Marshal’s office Thursday afternoon.

If convicted of the felony arson charge, Jackson could face up to 20 years in jail and a $30,000 fine. The fraud charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 7.

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