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TYLER, TX—United States Attorney Matthew D. Orwig announced today that a 29-year-old Marshall, Texas man has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $296,164 in restitution for mail fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.

KETANBHAI GAMANBH PATEL was sentenced by United States District Judge John T. Ward today.

            According to information presented in court, in 2004 and 2005, Patel was the owner and operator of the Days Inn Motel on Interstate 20 in Marshall.  During that time, Patel devised a scheme to burn a portion of the motel and submit an insurance claim for the damages caused by the fire.  On January 4, 2005, a fire was set at the motel resulting in the destruction of a portion of the building.  After the fire, Patel used the United States Postal Service to send insurance documents in furtherance of his mail fraud and arson scheme.

            The case was investigated by the Marshall Texas Fire Department, Harrison County Fire Marshal’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Gregg Marchessault and Alan Jackson.