Business owner pleads guilty to setting fire for insurance

SEATTLE (AP) — An Edmonds, Washington woman has pleaded guilty to wire fraud related to the 2018 fire at her business that prosecutors said she set in order to collect insurance money. Prosecutors say Connie Bigelow admitted in the plea agreement that she set fire to her business, CJN Miniatures & More — a dollhouse, collectibles and antiques shop. Bigelow had an insurance policy that covered up to $100,000 in loss of property and income. Her business was struggling and fell behind in rent and bills in 2018. She set fire under three valuable paintings and filed a claim for the losses. Sentencing is set for December 17.