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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

August 16, 2010

Timothy M. Morrison, United States Attorney

Contact: Mary Bippus
(317) 229-2403

Greenwood Businessman Charged in Arson-for-Hire Scheme

INDIANAPOLIS — Daniel Annee, 46, Greenwood, Ind., was arrested and charged last Friday in a federal criminal complaint with solicitation to commit arson. Annee’s arrest follows an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Indianapolis Fire Investigations Section, which is comprised of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detectives and Indianapolis Fire Department Investigators.

The criminal complaint, which was unsealed today, alleges that at the end of July the ATF Indianapolis office received information from two individuals who reported Annee was looking for someone to burn down a commercial building he co-owned on the south side of Indianapolis. Over the next two weeks, federal agents and local investigators recorded a number of phone calls and meetings in which Annee purportedly discussed his desire to have the office building at 431 East Hanna Street, Indianapolis, destroyed by fire. One of the meetings, videotaped by investigators, took place inside the Hanna Avenue building on the evening of August 12, 2010. During that meeting Annee allegedly gave an undercover investigator, posing as an arsonist, $500 in cash and a key to the building. Annee also gave the investigator a tour of the building, suggested locations where the fire might be set, and told the arsonist he wanted the fire set on Sunday, August 15, 2010. The criminal complaint further alleges that Annee planned to collect on a $600,000 insurance policy on the Hanna Avenue building. Annee was arrested without incident on Friday as he arrived at his office in Indianapolis.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew J. Rinka, who is prosecuting the case for the government, the maximum penalty for solicitation is one-half the maximum fine and sentence of imprisonment prescribed by statue for the crime solicited, in this case Arson. Arson carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum of 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. A preliminary examination and detention hearing are scheduled for August 17, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kennard P. Foster.

A criminal complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.