For Immediate Release
Neenah Man Charged with Arson and Mail Fraud
Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on June 28, 2016, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Jeremy J. Neumann (age: 37) of Neenah, Wisconsin, charging him with arson of a building in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i); mail fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341; and making a false statement in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. If convicted of the arson or mail fraud charges, Neumann faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. If convicted of the false statement charge, Neumann faces a maximum of 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
The indictment alleges that Neumann was the owner of Gambit McDermott, LLC, a business leasing warehouse storage space in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. On November 6, 2015, Neumann maliciously damaged by means of fire his business property and later submitted a proof of loss claim to his insurance company wherein he falsely stated the fire was accidental and not originating from his own act.
Neumann is scheduled to appear on July 14, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. before the Honorable James Sickel, Magistrate Court Judge. A trial date will be set at that time.
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the State of Wisconsin, Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations, the Oshkosh Police Department, and the Winnebago County District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Roach.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.