Pang Charged in Elaborate Scam of Seattle Firefighters

Martin Pang, the convicted arsonist of the fire that killed four Seattle firefighters in 1995, has been accused of an elaborate scam to steal money from firefighters, their families, police officers and witnesses in the case.

The FBI, state police and local police claim Pang was using personal information including social security numbers gained during the course of his arson case in a conspiracy to steal money through identity theft. His plan was to place the funds in an overseas account that he could access once he is released from prison in 2018.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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