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Coalition Against Insurance Fraud

Cabin complex burns in Colorado, arson suspected

May 23, 2019, Pinon Court, CO — Charges of insurance fraud have been filed against the proprietor of Pinon Court Cabins and three others in the criminal case related to the 2017 fire at the U.S. Highway 24 business, according to a news release issued by the Buena Vista Police Department Thursday afternoon.

The 11th Judicial District Attorney's office filed insurance fraud against Seldon Turnbull, 51, his son Damien Turnbull, 25, Serenety Nilsen, 22, and Joshua Lorenz, 30, the release from BVPD chief Jimmy Tidwell said.

The charges were filed Thursday morning. According to affidavits obtained by The Mountain Mail, each of the four defendants have been charged with one count of Third Degree Arson and one count of Insurance Fraud.

The affidavits state that the four intentionally damaged Pinon Court Cabins with fire or explosives with the intent to defraud Auto Owners Insurance and presented a claim for loss or injury that contained false or withheld material information.

BVPD and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations began investigating possible arson at Pinon Court Cabins on U.S. 24 North in Buena Vista in March of 2017 after a fire burned three cabins in the complex overnight.

A hearing on advisement has been scheduled for the four defendants for June 19. Insurance Fraud is a Class 5 felony.

Source: The Chaffee County Times

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