An Oneida man has been sentenced Friday to 18 years on charges of arson and insurance fraud after a fire at the Oneida Casket Company Factory in November of 2006.
55 year old Jeffrey Truman Senior appeared in Federal Court in Syracuse for sentencing on charges of aiding and abetting an arson, two counts of mail fraud and one count of using fire to commit a federal felony.
The charges stem from a fire that destroyed the factory building in Oneida. Truman and two partners purchased the vacant building in 2005 for 175 thousand dollars. A year later, five days before an insurance policy was to lapse, the building was destroyed by fire. Truman then submitted an insurance claim for 4.1 million dollars.
A subsequent investigation determined that the fire had been set by Truman's son, Jeffrey Truman Junior.
In November of 2010, a jury found that Truman Senior abetted his son in the arson and attempted to defraud Erie Insurance Company in submission of his fire claim.
Truman Senior has also been ordered to make restitution to the insurance company of more than 500 thousand dollars.