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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Have men indicted in arson fraud scheme been released on bail?

Q: I know the Shehadehs are being held without bail for the arson charges they are facing. What about the other guy who got arrested, Brian Stone? Did he get bail?

Millie, Sacramento

A: Two of the three men accused of collecting $1.5 million in insurance money in an arson fraud scheme have been released from jail on bond.

According to federal court records available online, Brian J. Stone was released on a $50,000 unsecured bond and co-defendant Saber A. Shehadeh was released on a $250,000 unsecured bond. The third defendant, Jamal M. Shehadeh, is being held in Sacramento County Jail without bail.

The three men were indicted in federal court in Sacramento on March 18, accused of participating in an insurance fraud scheme that included setting fires at commercial buildings in the Sacramento area.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Jamal Shehadeh, a Sacramento businessman, is charged with 60 criminal counts, including arson, mail and wire fraud, and money laundering involving seven fires at six commercial buildings, including Tru Value Market in Sacramento. Saber Shehadeh, a relative of Jamal Shehadah, owned and operated Tru Value Market at 10th and E streets in downtown Sacramento and a nearby building that were destroyed by fire.

Stone, the father of French train hero Spencer Stone, allegedly provided business services, including assisting with insurance claims, after seven fires in Sacramento and Carmichael between 2009 and 2013.

No trial date has been set for the three men. Records indicate their next court date, for a status conference, is July 28.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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