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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Eastern District of California

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2013

Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney

Contact: Lauren Horwood
(916) 554-2706

Unsealed Indictment Charges Couple Antelope Home Arson

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Alexander Sakhanskiy, 39, and Larisa Sakhanskiy, 43, of Sacramento, were arraigned Thursday, May 16, 2013, on charges related to the arson of their former home in Antelope, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

The defendants entered pleas of not guilty and were released on a $50,000 bond each. A status conference is set for June 6, 2013, at 09:00 a.m., before Chief United States District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.

On May 2, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging Alexander Sakhanskiy and Larisa Sakhanskiy with arson to commit another felony, mail fraud, wire fraud, and arson affecting interstate commerce. The indictment alleges that on May 22, 2010, a fire destroyed the defendants’ home, a single family house at 5745 Hawkeye Lane, in Antelope. The home was also being used as the business location of Alex’s Plumbing.

The indictment alleges that the defendants either set the fire or caused the fire to be set in order to collect insurance money from Farmers Insurance Group, Mid-Century Insurance Company, and they knowingly made false statements to the insurance company regarding the cause and origin of the fire and the personal property that was destroyed by the fire.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department. Assistant United States Attorney Michael D. Anderson is prosecuting the case.

If convicted of the arson, the defendants face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and a three year term of supervised release. The mail fraud and wire fraud counts carry a potential penalty of up to 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and a three year term of supervised release. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.