Seven Sacramento area residents were arrested by authorities for allegedly torching vehicles in an effort to secure fraudulent insurance payouts.

The arrests were the results of two separate investigations by the California Department of Insurance (CDI). The first investigation led to the arrests of Helen Marler, 28, and her husband Jason Marler, 33, both of Plumas Lake, and Agustin Lara, 33, of Olivehurst, on April 16. The three were charged for allegedly conspiring to set fire to Mrs. Marler’s 2006 Jeep Liberty on August 19, 2007. Marler and Lara admitted to investigators that they set fire to the vehicle so that Marler could avoid her $600 monthly car payments

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