A Massachusetts man has been charged with obtaining an insurance settlement illegally in connection with a fire that destroyed his home in Maine’s Somerset County 2½ years ago, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.
William Carabetta, 49, of Monson, Massachusetts, was arrested Tuesday at his home there by Massachusetts State Police, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday.
Carabetta is charged with four counts of theft by insurance deception and one count of conspiracy to commit insurance fraud.
Some of the charges stemmed from a January 2017 fire that destroyed his home at 38 Carrabassett Road in New Portland, McCausland said. The Maine state fire marshal’s office said that the cause of the fire was never determined.
Other charges are related to claims in 2016 of water damage at the home from frozen pipes and the reported theft of an ATV from the property.
Carabetta purchased the Maine home for $84,000 in 2014, but received more than $350,000 in insurance settlements, according to McCausland.
Information about when Carabetta will appear at the Somerset County Courthouse on the charges was not available Thursday.
He was taken Tuesday to the Hampden County Jail in Ludlow, Massachusetts, on a fugitive from justice charge, McCausland said.
A request for information from the jail was not immediately returned Thursday.
If convicted, Carabetta faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted of theft by insurance deception. He also could be ordered to pay restitution to his insurance company.