Gerald Eugene Singer, 74, must also pay $653,140 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.
A jury convicted Singer in March on two counts of arson, three counts of using fire to commit mail fraud, one count of mail fraud and five counts of tax fraud.
The properties included:
— The former “The Fair” fabric store at 1292 E. Broadway in Norton Shores. It was destroyed by fire on June 20, 1999;
— An investment/rental property at 250 Myrtle St., in Muskegon that was destroyed by fire on Nov. 9, 2006; and
— A four-unit apartment complex at 2608-2614 Seventh St. in Muskegon Heights, which was destroyed by fire on Aug. 28, 2007.
The mail fraud charge included fires at six additional properties and two attempted fires at properties in Muskegon Heights.
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