An investigation into a May 6 fire at 508 Concord St., Davenport, found it was intentionally set, and now the homeowner is charged with arson and insurance fraud.
Donna Marie Jones, 51, appeared Friday for an initial hearing in Scott County District Court, Davenport, and her arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 25.
She is charged with second-degree arson and two counts of insurance fraud. Second-degree arson is a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison upon conviction.
The insurance fraud charges are Class D felonies that each are punishable by up to five years in prison upon conviction.
According to an arrest affidavit:
Jones, who was the last person at 508 Concord when the fire occurred about 7 p.m., submitted to an insurer a sworn proof of loss along with receipts claiming fire damage to her residence and loss of personal belongings. She made false statements to investigators and the insurer regarding the fire and her insurance claim.
She also submitted to the insurer a lease agreement and requested compensation for rent. She claimed in the lease agreement she was living at 5222 32nd St., Davenport. Investigators interviewed Francis Cole, the property owner of 5222 32nd, and he said he offered for her to rent his property.
Investigators discovered she was living in a small camper in an RV park located on the edge of Davenport that is registered to Cole.