Two men who burned down a defunct bar in Sullivan County for the insurance money were sentenced to prison this week in federal court, according to Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Nicholas and Dominic Motta got 15 months and 12 months behind bars respectively in the 2010 arson case, Bharara said Tuesday, Feb. 23.
According to Bharara, the Mottas arranged to have the third defendant in the case, Anthony Perso, and others, drive to Swan Lake -- during a February blizzard -- to torch Kilcoin’s, a shuttered tavern that the Mottas owned.
Dominic Motta then filed a claim, hoping to collect $100,000, but the insurance company smelled a rat and denied it, Bharara said.
Ultimately, when the fire was proved to be suspicious, authorities launched an investigation and the Mottas, and Perso, were arrested.
The Mottas pleaded guilty last November to attempted mail fraud in connection with the arson. Person pleaded guilty to the same charge the month before, Bharara said.
Dominic Motta, 59, and Nicholas Motta, 43, both of Islandia, a village on Long Island, were also sentenced in the White Plains court to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.
Nicholas Motta also must pay a fine of $7,500 and Dominic Motta has to pay a $5,000 fine, Bharara said.
Perso, 32, of Medford, also in Suffolk County, is to be sentenced in March.