Deep-in-debt baker charged with burning Schenectady building

Deep-in-debt baker charged with burning Schenectady building

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This from the Albany Times Union

The co-owner of a Guyanese restaurant was deep in debt and behind on her taxes when she deliberately set fire to the business in hopes of collecting on an insurance policy, according to a prosecutor and court papers.

An indictment was handed up Thursday to Visiting County Judge James A. Murphy III charging Zabeeda Permaul, 54, with first- and second-degree arson and two counts of second-degree insurance fraud, all felonies.
A woman who lived in an upstairs apartment at 1414 State St. had to be rescued by firefighters and was hospitalized with smoke inhalation as a result of the Feb. 22 fire. Permaul operated Charlie’s West Indian Bakery & Restaurant on the first floor of the building and lived in a second apartment upstairs…”

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