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Californian torches dental spa, flood home for insurance

April 24, 2019, Corona, CA — A Corona man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for flooding a business, setting his home on fire and filing false insurance claims, the Corona Fire Department said Wednesday, April 24.

Cornel Lucaci, 58, was sentenced April 15 after being convicted in March of nine charges related to false insurance claims, two counts of grand theft, arson, forgery and burglary, according to Riverside County Superior Court records. He was also ordered to pay more than $900,000 restitution.

The charges were borne out of a January 2014 insurance claim for water damage at Parkridge Dental Spa, 520 E. Parkridge Ave., Corona, a March 2014 fire at Lucaci’s home in Corona and three claims for water damage at his residence. Lucaci flooded his home three times — in 2010, 2015 and 2017 — and filed claims, the release said.

Two other men, Armen Shaant Megerdichian and Jonas Borsca Jr., face insurance fraud charges in connection with a 2014 arson fire at the dental office. A preliminary hearing in those cases has been scheduled for July 15. Megerdichian, of Winnetka, and Borsca, of Riverside, have pleaded not guilty.

Source: The Press-Enterprise

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