Arson Sentence


February 11, 2013: The Honorable Christopher Wogan today sentenced Christopher Barosh to 7 – 22 years incarceration for setting fire to 1148 S. 54th Street and attempting to collect on the homeowners policy obtained through Allstate Insurance. In addition, Judge Wogan ordered $111,906.00 in restitution and $5,000 civil penalty to be paid to the Insurance Fraud Prevention Trust Fund. On December 11, 2012, Christopher Barosh was convicted of Arson (F1) and Insurance Fraud (F3) by a jury of his peers for setting a fire to a row home at 1148 S. 54th Street in the Kingsessing neighborhood of Philadelphia.

On October 25, 2005, Christopher Barosh started a fire in the basement by igniting a significant amount of gasoline on the floor. The defendant was convicted of the first degree Arson because the jury found that he recklessly placed others in danger of death or bodily injury. Living next door was a family of six which included a wheel chair bound woman and three children ages 8, 6 and 4 at the time. In addition, Christopher Barosh put 36 firefighters who responded to the fire in harms way.

This case was able to be successfully prosecuted because of the tremendous efforts and dedication of Detective Kenneth Golczewski of the Arson Task force and Nancy Rosen, SIU investigator for Allstate Insurance. Detective Robert Stansfield is the assigned Insurance Fraud Unit detective and the case was successfully prosecuted by ADA Dawn Farrell.


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