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Sacramento salon owner charged with arson


The owner of a Sacramento hair and nail salon is accused of arson in a fire that occurred at the business in 2011.

Paul La, 58, was arraigned Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Carolyn K. Delaney on a 10-count indictment charging him with arson of a commercial structure, arson to commit a federal felony, and mail fraud, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 6, 2011, La intentionally set fire to Golden Nails & Hair, a salon he owned at 8335 Folsom Blvd. La then is alleged to have knowingly lied about the cause of the fire and the extent of the business property destroyed to obtain payment from his insurance company.

La was arrested Monday. The court ordered his temporary detention following his arraignment Tuesday. The court will again examine the issue of his detention or release on Thursday.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy