Masury man sentenced in arson-for-profit scheme

Staff report


A defendant who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit arson and aiding and abetting attempted arson in an arson-for-profit scheme has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by three years’ probation and 300 hours of community service.

U.S. District Judge Lesley Wells imposed that sentence Tuesday on Frank Tenney, 31, of Masury, who will be notified by the U.S. Marshals Service as to when and where he must self-report for confinement.

The charges against Tenney were contained in a 21-count indictment unsealed in April 2008. At least $695,112 in unlawfully obtained proceeds from insurance schemes was laundered, the U.S. attorney said.

Between 1994 and 2005, nine fires were set in commercial buildings in Mahoning and Trumbull counties in the conspiracy, the U.S. attorney added.

Sentencing will be at 9:30 a.m. July 13 for Tenney’s co- defendant, Majeed Bazazpour, 46, of Youngstown, convicted in a jury trial earlier this year.

Bazazpour was convicted of mail fraud, use of fire to facilitate mail fraud, conspiracy to damage or destroy by fire, engaging in financial transactions involving proceeds of unlawful activity, engaging in monetary transactions in property derived from mail fraud, aiding and abetting arson and mail fraud in a blaze at 2604 Glenwood Ave. and aiding and abetting money laundering.

Acquitted of all charges in that trial were Mohammad Fard, 46, of Canfield, and Iraj Nasseri, 50, of Poland.

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