A Minneapolis man is facing federal charges after he set fire to and vandalized his own property in an attempt to make it look like the acts were carried about by liberals, CBS Minnesota reports.
Denis Vladmirovich Molla, 29, has been charged with two counts of wire fraud. In September of 2020, Molla told police that someone set fire to his camper “because it had a Trump 2020 flag displayed on it,” and spray painted the Antifa or anarchy symbol, “BLM” and “Biden 2020” on his garage door. But according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, it was Molla who was the culprit.
Molla told police he noticed “three unknown males” near his home and heard an explosion.
“In reality, as Molla well knew, Molla started his own property on fire, Molla spray painted the graffiti on his own property and there were no unknown males near his home,” the indictment stated.
“It just shocked me,” Molla told WCCO hours after the incident. “This kind of stuff should not happen, especially over beliefs of some sort.”
Molla then “submitted multiple insurance claims seeking coverage for the damage to his garage, camper, vehicles, and residence caused by the fire,” court documents say. The insurance claims totaled more than $300,000, but Molla was only able to collect $61,000. He also reportedly raised around $17,000 from GoFundMe campaigns.
According to The Washington Post, if Molla is convicted on one of the federal wire fraud charges he could face up to 20 years in prison.