Father of France train hero indicted in California on fraud charges

Spencer Stone's Father 1 of 3 Indicted In Fire Insurance Fraud Case

March 18 - The father of a U.S. Air Force airman who helped to thwart a train attack in France was one of three men indicted on Friday in a Sacramento federal court on fraud and arson charges, according to local media and court documents.

Brian Stone, 57, indicted on 13 counts of mail and wire fraud, is accused of helping Jamal Shehadeh with insurance claims after the second man allegedly had fires set at six commercial properties from December 2009 to September 2013 in Sacramento and Carmichael, California, court documents showed.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reported that Stone is the father of U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone.

Spencer Stone and his two friends subdued a gunman on a high-speed train bound for Paris in August last year, winning accolades from the presidents of France and the United States.

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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)
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)
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)

Spencer Stone told the Sacramento Bee he did not know about the allegations against his father and declined to comment on the case.

Brian Stone's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

Shehadeh, 57, was indicted on 52 counts of mail and wire fraud, seven counts of arson and one count of money laundering. Saber Shehadeh, 73, was charged with three counts of mail fraud, according to court documents.

Saber Shehadeh is a relative of Jamal Shehadeh, the Bee reported.

After fires were set at commercial properties, the three submitted insurance claims that contained false statements about the incidents and businesses. They received more than $1.5 million in insurance money, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.

All three men were denied bail on Friday, according to court documents.

The mail and wire fraud charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The arson charges carry a five to 20-year prison sentence and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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