A Jackson party store owner is going to federal prison for hiring people to set fire to his business, falsely suggesting the fire was racially motivated by the idea he is "Arab," and filing a fraudulent insurance claim.So Singh, who is presumably of East Indian descent, claimed to be an Arab and then blamed the fake hate crime on blacks.
U.S. District Judge Judith Levy sentenced Rajinder Singh, 25, formerly of Jackson, to 30 months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution totaling $10,000, according to a Wednesday statement from U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade's office.
Singh admitted he conspired with others to have Robinson's Party Store at 1233 S. West Ave. burned in in May 2014 for the purpose of obtaining insurance proceeds. He later sought at least $400,000 in damages for lost inventory and income, according to the statement, which cites court records.
He also conceded to lying to a police detective by contending he was targeted by "neighborhood black males" because of the mistaken belief he is "Arab," according the statement and court records.
Prison will be rough for him.