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Trial set Monday in Warren arson-for-profit plot

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Daryl Evans - 2002 booking photo Daryl Evans - 2002 booking photo
AKRON, Ohio -

Federal prosecutors are preparing their case against the last of three men implicated in an alleged plot to torch homes in the city of Warren to collect the insurance money.

A trial is scheduled to begin in U.S. District Court on Monday for 49-year old Daryl Evans of Burton St. SE.

A federal grand jury last year handed up an eight-count indictment charging Evans last year with mail fraud, conspiracy, use of fire in commission of a felony, destroying property used in interstate commerce.

Two others named in the indictment, Maurice Evans and David White have already pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

According to the indictment, Daryl Evans bought homes at 1628 Hamilton Street SW and 267 Parkman Road and rented them out to tenants.

Investigators say that on August 19, 2013, Maurice Evans gave an arsonist cash and drugs to set fire to the Hamilton Street home. The indictment does not name the alleged arsonist.

However, the fire didn't fully destroy the home, and Daryl Evans collected insurance money to make repairs, only to have Maurice Evans set fire to the house again on April 14, 2014, according to the indictment.

Federal prosecutors say Daryl Evans hired David White to torch the Parkman Road home on January 4, 2015, promising to share proceeds from the insurance claim with White.

The indictment says State Farm Insurance paid out a more than $138,000 in claims for the three fires at the two homes.

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