Nancy Amieva — a 72-year-old woman found guilty of arson and insurance fraud after a jury trial earlier this year — has been sentenced to 40.5 months in the Department of Corrections, according to court documents.
Amieva reportedly set her kitchen on fire in 2013 and then flooded it with a garden hose. She attempted to claim $70,983.84 from her insurance company, but the claim was denied.
She had called the company twice prior to the fire, asking specific questions about her coverage for fire and theft, according to court documents.
She later called a contractor to help with the cleanup process and take photos of the damage. A few days later, she said she had brought a garden hose in the house to clean it herself. The contractor estimated there were 200 gallons of water all over the home.
Amieva later claimed the fire department had flooded her home. She allegedly asked her contractor to add another $7,000 to $8,000 to the estimate for repairs.
When he refused, she said, “Oh, have you never told a lie before?” according to court documents.
She also produced an inventory of her personal property, including various small appliances that no one involved remembered being in the home.
After 40.5 months in the Department of Corrections, Amieva will be on probation for 10 years, according to court documents. She has outstanding fees owed to the court totaling more than $6,000.