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Omaha Man Sentenced to 16 Years Imprisonment for Arson and Insurance Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that on May 14, 2015, Thomas Schropp, 53, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced for arson and insurance fraud.  Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Schropp to a 16-year term of imprisonment.  After his release from prison, Schropp will begin a term of supervised release of 3 years. Additionally, he was ordered to make restitution in the amount of $7.6 million to various victims of his crimes, including Sentry Insurance, various banks and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In November of 2008, Schropp, the owner of PK Manufacturing in Nashville, Nebraska, hired an individual to burn down his business and then after the burning of the building submitted a false insurance claim for approximately $4.3 million.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

Updated May 15, 2015

Financial Fraud