Woman charged with arson

Accused of setting her house on fire


UNION COUNTY — A Union woman was arrested Friday for allegedly setting her home on fire as part of an insurance fraud scheme.

In a statement released Friday, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that Donna Kay Johnson, 42, 280 Cudd Lane, Union, had been arrested on the charges of arson third-degree and burning personal property under lien to defraud insurer.

Taylor stated that on April 3, multiple Union County fire departments responded to a structure fire at 280 Cudd Lane. He stated that fire personnel believed the fire was suspicious in nature and called the Sheriff’s Office to the scene. He said investigators with the Sheriff”s Office and the SLED then processed the scene.

Taylor stated that the investigation lead to the arrest of Johnson who was taken into custody Friday afternoon. He said that Johnson was transported to the Union County Jail where she was awaiting a bond heard.

The warrant for Johnson’s arrest on the arson charge states that she “intentionally set two different fires at her residence at 280 Cudd Lane with the intent to destroy the said residence.”

The warrant for Johnson’s arrest on the defraud insurer charge states that she set fire to her residence “causing damage to the residence and personal belongings. After this she filed a claim with State Farm to obtain benefits.”

Taylor stated that even though one arrest has been made in this case, it is still under investigation.

Accused of setting her house on fire
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