Murder-for-hire, insurance fraud scheme unravels in Green BayWisconsin News
-- Federal prosecutors said a Green Bay area man burned down his business to collect insurance money – and to pay a co-conspirator, he allegedly offered to kill that person’s wife.
GREEN BAY - Federal prosecutors said a Green Bay area man burned down his business to collect insurance money – and to pay a co-conspirator, he allegedly offered to kill that person’s wife.
32-year-old Mathew Lemberger of Denmark is due in federal court in Green Bay Tuesday on charges of murder-for-hire, mail fraud, and arson.
Authorities said Lemberger worked with two other men to burn down a building in late 2010 that was rented by his construction parts business, Cronos Global of Denmark – and he inflated the value of obsolete parts to apparently try-and-boost his insurance check. An informant told police that Lemberger had offered to pay him a quarter-million dollars to set the blaze, but his insurance check was only for $64,000. So Lemberger allegedly offered to arrange someone to kill the informant’s wife who was overseas – so the informant could get his house back from her. The defendant reportedly said the victim’s body could be trucked to Mexico, and then his debt to the informant would be paid.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William Roach would not say if charges are pending against the others allegedly involved in the scheme. The case was investigated by federal, state, and local authorities.