Providence man found guilty of conspiring to commit arson

By The Associated Press     

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A 40-year-old Providence man has been found guilty of orchestrating a scheme to set fire to a building in an effort to collect more than $725,000 in insurance.

Kormahyah Karmue was convicted Thursday by a federal jury of conspiracy to commit arson and three counts each of wire fraud and mail fraud. The jury acquitted Karmue of arson.

The prosecution said Karmue enlisted three people in November 2013 to set fire to the Providence building, which was occupied at the time and insured for $725,583. The building was damaged, but nobody was harmed.

Karmue’s co-defendants have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and arson. They’re awaiting sentencing.         

His attorney, George West, says the acquittal speaks for itself. Sentencing has been scheduled for July 31.

(C) The Associated Press 2015