Officials: 2 Year Fire Investigation Leads To Insurance Fraud Confession

An investigation of a mobile home fire that’s spanned over 2 years, has led to an arrest.

Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office officials say that 48-year-old Corneilio Perez of Newport was arrested and charged with 2nd degree arson, accessory before the fact to a felony, and obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators say that after being confronted with evidence, Perez confessed to setting the mobile home on fire that he had been renting to own. According to officials, Perez had set the fire to collect $24,500 in insurance that was on the residence.

The blaze happened back on February 24th of 2011 in Deep Run.
Perez is in the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $45,000 secured bond.

Sheriff Chris Hill stated “greed is the primary motivator in this case. What concerns me is the jeopardy that is involved as it concerns the lives of our dedicated volunteer firefighters. They risk their lives to extinguish these fires for no compensation because of their desire to protect the lives of the citizens of Lenoir County. I am very pleased with all of the investigators for their dedication to solving this crime. These types of incidents are very difficult to prove and they require many hours of work to complete, but in this case, it was worth the effort.”