42-year-old Raj Ingle, former owner of the Spice of India Restaurant, 8395 Market St. at McClurg Rd., was sentenced to 18 months in jail on charges of arson and insurance fraud on Monday by a visiting judge in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court
The restaurant Ingle owned was torched on Oct. 8, 2013, causing an estimated $225,000 damage.
The investigation into the blaze led law enforcement officials to believe that Ingle arranged the fire during a meeting with two men at a restaurant in North Lima. Ingle and two suspected torch men were captured on a surveillance tape at the restaurant.
On the morning of the fire, near 3:00 a.m., a cell phone that belonged to one of the torch men pinged off a telephone pole across from the restaurant, the investigation showed.
Additionally, evidence of accelerants was foun...Read More >>