Three People Charged In Connection With A Wire Fraud And Arson Scheme

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Friday Fifty-five-year-old Greg Ramsey of Baltimore was sentenced to 355 months in prison for use of fire to commit wire fraud, attempted witness tampering and malicious destruction of property by fire. Twenty-nine-year-old Tyesha Roberts of Baltimore was sentenced to five years of probation for attempted obstruction of an official proceeding. Thirty-three-year-old Julia Teryaeva-Reed, a citizen of Ukraine, was sentenced to 162 months in prison for use of fire to commit a federal felony, malicious destruction of real property by fire and wire fraud.

PrisonBetween October 2012 and August 2013, Ramsey and Teryaeva-Reed set fire to two Baltimore properties and one Weatherly, Pennsylvania property. Two of those properties were occupied when they were set on fire. In August 2013, the two defendants also set fire to two vehicles in the area of North Dukeland Street and Walbrook Avenue, according to the press release.

Ramsey and Teryaeva-Reed set fire to the properties and vehicles and filed a claimed with their insurance companies to receive a sizable payout. Teryaeva-Reed attempted to flee the United States, but was arrested at the JFK airport in 2013.

Ramsey had planned to pay a relative $2,000 to testify falsely for Teyaeva-Reed. She also planned to assist in a murder, by provided the weapon, a .357 Ruger revolver.

In addition to the 355-month prison sentence, Ramsey was ordered to pay $1,081,606.90 in restitution.

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