Train hero's father 1 of 3 charged in arson fraud scheme

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Father of Train Attack Hero Charged in Arson Fraud Scheme

SACRAMENTO (KTXL) -- An arson fraud scheme in Sacramento spanning years came to an end after three men, including hometown hero Spencer Stone's father, were charged in a 60-count indictment.

Brian Stone, Jamal Shehadeh and Saber Shehadeh are accused of collecting $1.5 million in insurance proceeds after the lengthy scheme.

According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, from December 2009 to September 2013, seven fires were deliberately set or caused by Jamal Shehadeh in Sacramento and Carmichael.

The three men allegedly worked together to submit false insurance claims which resulted in getting money from insurance companies.

"Our fire investigations team started investigating they soon realized there was more to it than just as standard fire they got the ATF and the FBI involved and it's now led up to what it is today," said Captain Dave Lauchner with the Sacramento Fire Department.

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Brian Stone is accused of providing business consultant services that assisted with the insurance claims.

Alek Skarlatos' mother Heidi Hansen tells FOX40 she's shocked by the allegations against Stone although she says the 57-year-old isn't a big part of his kids lives and she doesn't know him well. Hansen stresses Stone's alleged actions have no reflection on the type of person his son Spencer is.

Stone is charged with 13 counts of mail fraud or wire fraud.

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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone sits in the Oval Office of the White House during a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. An Air Force spokesman said on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a Paris-bound train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
This frame from video provided by A&P Liquors, shows a group of people, including U.S. airman Spencer Stone, fighting outside a bar in Sacramento, Calif., in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (A&P Liquors via AP)
This frame from video provided by A&P Liquors, shows a group of people, including U.S. airman Spencer Stone, fighting outside a bar in Sacramento, Calif., in the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (A&P Liquors via AP)
Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, left, has a closer look at Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone's, Purple Heart medal, during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored Skarlatos, Spencer and Anthony Sadler, with medals for their bravery in stopping a gunman a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks to Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. An Air Force spokesman says Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a French train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
A teddy bear sits at the site where Paris train hero Spencer Stone was found stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, hailed as a hero for helping to tackle a gunman on a French train in August, was stabbed and seriously wounded outside a bar early Thursday in what police said was an alcohol-related fight that had nothing to do with terrorism. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
A cyclist passes through the intersection of 21st & K St. in Sacramento, Calif., where Paris train hero Spencer Stone was stabbed during a fight in the early morning hours of Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train over the summer, was stabbed and seriously wounded Thursday in a fight outside a California bar â the latest tragedy to befall him and his buddies since they returned home as heroes. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Dr. J. Douglas Kirk, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, speaks to members of the media about the condition of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone after surgery, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. Stone, who helped stop a terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed and wounded, but is expected to survive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, one of three Americans that tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train,is greeted by well-wishers after arriving at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. Stone, who has been undergoing medical treatment in Germany since he and his two childhood friends, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Sacramento college student Anthony Sadler subdued the gunman on a passenger train Aug. 21.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone waves before throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, in Washington. Stone, along with Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler where honored earlier today for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talks with Airmen Spencer Stone, who was injured while helping stop an attack on a train in France, prior to the start of a game against the St. Louis Rams at FedExField on September 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone prepares to throw out the first pitch before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 18, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Nationals won 5-4 in 10 innings. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2015 file photo, US Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone walks along the sidelines before an NFL football game in Landover, Md. An Air Force spokesman said Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, that Stone, who helped subdue an attacker on a Paris-bound train in August, is in stable condition after being stabbed in California. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
SACRAMENTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler wave to the crowd along Capitol Mall during a parade to honor their August 21 actions in overpowering a gunman on a Paris-bound train on September 11, 2015 in Sacramento, California. Thousands lined the street along Capitol Mall to celebrate their hometown heroes. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2015 file photo, French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with U.S. Airman Spencer Stone outside the Elysee Palace in Paris after Hollande awarded Stone and two friends with the French Legion of Honor for subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound train three days earlier. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, File)
In this Aug. 24, 2015 picture, provided by U.S, Airforce Ramstein , Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone , right, meets Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, 86th Airlift Wing command chief, upon his arrival to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Stone, along with childhood friends Aleksander Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler, was recently honored by French President François Hollande with the French Legion of Honour for subduing an armed gunman when he entered their train carrying an assault rifle, a handgun and a box cutter. Stone is an ambulance service technician with the 65th Medical Operations Squadron stationed at Lajes Field, Azores. (Staff Sgt. Sara Keller/U.S. Air Force via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
President Barack Obama poses for a photograph with Oregon National Guardsman, from left, Alek Skarlatos Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, to honor them for heroically subduing a gunman on a Paris-bound passenger train last month. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2015 file photo, U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, one of three Americans who tackled a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train on Aug. 21, arrives at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif. Stone is in stable condition Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, after being stabbed in Sacramento, Calif., according to an Air Force spokesman. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
French President Francois Hollande, second left, hugs U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, center, while Alek Skarlatos a U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon applauds after they were awarded with the Legion of Honor at the Elysee Palace, Monday Aug.24, 2015 in Paris, France. Hollande pinned the Legion of Honor medal on U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and their years-long friend Anthony Sadler, who subdued the gunman as he moved through the train with an assault rifle strapped to his bare chest. The British businessman, Chris Norman, also jumped into the fray. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
ARLINGTON, VA - SEPTEMBER 17: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone (C) is congratulated by U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (L) and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva during an awards ceremony for Stone and two other men who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month at the Pentagon September 17, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Stone received the Airman's Medal and the Purple Heart medal, Army Specialist Alek Skarlatos received the Soldier's Medal and Anthony Sadler received the Defense Department Medal for Valor. The three men helped overpower gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani, 25, after he opened fire on a Thalys train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on August 21. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. Airman Spencer Stone attends a press conference held at the U.S. Ambassador's residence with Anthony Sadler, a senior at Sacramento University in California, U.S. National Guardsman from Roseburg, Oregon, with Alek Skarlatos with Jane D. Hartley, U.S. Ambassador to France, in Paris, France, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone helped foil a potentially deadly attack when they subdued a man armed with an assault rifle and other weapons on board a high-speed train bound for Paris two days ago. The man was known to intelligence services in three countries and had ties to radical Islam, authorities said Sunday. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
This undated photo provided Saturday Aug. 22, 2015, by the U.S. Air Force showing Airman First Class Spencer Stone, of the 65th Air Base Group, Lajes Air Base, Azores, Portugal. A gunman opened fire with an automatic weapon aboard a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, wounding several people before being subdued by passengers, officials said. Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone moved to subdue the gunman and was seriously injured before going to administer first aid to a wounded passenger, and was hospitalized Saturday after being stabbed in the attack, though the Pentagon said the injury was not life-threatening. (U.S. Air Force via AP Photo)
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Jamal Shehadeh, 57, who owned some of the businesses that burned down, faces seven counts of arson, 52 counts of mail and wire fraud and one count of money laundering.

Saber Shehadeh, 73, who owned a Tru Value Market that went up in flames, is charged with three counts of mail fraud.

If found guilty the defendants could face anywhere from years behind bars to hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

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