D.C. firefighter charged with arson in alleged insurance scheme

A District firefighter was arrested Thursday and charged with setting his vehicle on fire in Prince George’s County in an attempt to defraud his insurance company, according to court documents and authorities.

Marcus Anthony Jackson, 27, of Northwest Washington, was charged with one count of arson and one count of committing a malicious burn for fraud. Both are felonies, and if convicted, Jackson faces up to 25 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.

Jackson was hired in April 2007; his current assignment and job status could not be immediately learned Thursday afternoon. He could not be reached for comment, and no attorney is listed for him in court records.

Police said that firefighters in Prince George’s County responded about 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 23 to a fire in a 2006 Dodge Charger that had been left at the end of a dead-end road on Farmingdale Avenue in Capitol Heights. Police traced the vehicle to Jackson, according to charging documents filed in court, and he said he had reported the vehicle missing to D.C. police. He also reported the vehicle missing to his insurance company, Geico, according to police.

But charging documents state that insurance investigators determined that gasoline had been poured on the seats and ignited with a match.

Several D.C. firefighters have been arrested for charged with crimes in the past few months, and at a recent hearing at the Wilson Building, Paul A. Quander Jr., the deputy mayor for public safety, called it a concern. Most recently, a firefighter from the District was charged in a prescription drug case.

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