A 46-year-old Morris County woman set her home on fire last summer while another person and a cat were inside in order to file a fraudulent insurance claim, authorities alleged Tuesday.
Pamela Hankin is charged with aggravated arson, insurance fraud, endangering another person and animal cruelty, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
Hankin ignited the fire in a room at the home on Prospect Avenue in Pequannock on July 14, officials said. A cat was killed and the home was left uninhabitable, authorities said. Hankin later filed insurance claims in an attempt to collect money, according to the prosecutor’s office.
A prosecutor’s office spokeswoman on Tuesday declined to disclose Hankin’s relationship to the person inside the home. That person was not hurt in the fire. One other person also resided in the home, but wasn’t there at the time of the fire.
Hankin, who now lives in Boonton, turned herself in on Monday and was released with a summons to appear in court.
Jackson police assisted Morris County authorities in the investigation, though their role wasn’t immediately clear.
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