Property Owner In Foreclosure Suspected Of Staging Mistaken Mob Hit, Then Torching Premises To Cash In On $500K+ Insurance Policy
Court papers say Donato Corsetti staged the fire to collect on an insurance policy.
The owner of an apartment building in Windham that burned on Dec. 7 is now suspected of setting the fire and then tying himself up to make it look like a mob hit.
Investigators with the state Fire Marshal’s Office have not charged Donato Corsetti, 66, owner of the Corsetti’s Market next to the apartment building. But officials say in court papers that they believe he set the fire to collect on an insurance policy.
“Donato’s objective was to make the event so sensational by staging an attack that investigators would not suspect him as the perpetrator,” wrote Christopher Stanford, senior investigator for the Fire Marshal’s Office, in an affidavit in support of a search warrant.
Only Corsetti was hurt in the fire. People who were in an adjacent apartment got out safely.
Corsetti’s apartment building and his own home had recently been foreclosed on, and he still owed more than $174,000, according to the affidavit filed Dec. 17 in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court.
He was served with eviction papers three days before the fire.