Arson and insurance fraud charges filed against former Shawano Co. man

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SHAWANO (WLUK) – Arson and insurance fraud charges have been filed against a former Tigerton resident for allegedly setting his home on fire to get an insurance payout.

Gary Hargrove, whose address is now listed as Plano, Texas, also faces a count of recklessly endangering safety for the Oct. 21, 2015 fire.

According to the criminal complaint, fire crews responded to a home at 421 Cedar Street on the afternoon of Oct. 21, 2015. Fire crews found numerous items in a pile in the living room, which they deemed suspicious, along with a can of paint thinner.

Hargrove told investigators he was working on fixing up the home, doing painting.

A man who was with Hargrove that night said they were leaving the home, Hargrove went back inside alone for a few minutes, and then they left together.

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