Muskegon landlord faces arson charges spanning 18 years

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced arson charges against a Muskegon landlord. Gerald Singer is also charged with insurance fraud and filing false federal income tax returns. Singer is charged with allegedly causing nine fires dating back to 1993, including a house he owned in Grand Haven's Olde Towne neighborhood. The indictment alleges he had legal interest in the following properties destroyed by fire: March 1, 1993; 530 Elliott St. in Grand Haven July 23, 1995; 2809 Hoyt in Muskegon Heights
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Sep 11, 2011

Aug. 25, 1996; 3101 Eighth St. in Muskegon Heights

Sept. 1, 1997; 2818 and 2820 Peck in Muskegon Heights

June 20, 1999; 1292 E. Broadway in Norton Shores

Aug. 22, 2002; 2340 Wood St. in Muskegon Heights

June 21, 2006; 1019 E. 35th Place in Gary, Ind.

Nov. 9, 2006; 250 Myrtle St. in Muskegon

Aug. 28, 2007; 2614 Seventh St. in Muskegon Heights

The indictment alleges that Singer defrauded the insurance companies out of more than $700,000 in false insurance claims. 

"This office will vigorously investigate and prosecute allegations of arson-based insurance and tax fraud, both of which significantly impact all law-abiding citizens," said U.S. Attorney Donald Davis in a statement released Friday. "Not only do these crimes damage the economic fabric of our community, but also expose firefighters and residents to the extreme dangers of an arson fire. It cannot and will not be tolerated."

A firefighter was injured in the fire at 2340 Wood St. in Muskegon in 2002.

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