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Wilmington couple charged with arson, insurance fraud

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Mark Dwayne Geer, Jr. and Michelle Alaina May (Source: NHC Jail) Mark Dwayne Geer, Jr. and Michelle Alaina May (Source: NHC Jail)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A Wilmington couple is facing arson and insurance fraud charges after investigators say they intentionally set fire to their home on May 12.

The North Carolina Department of Insurance announced Thursday the arrests of Mark Dwayne Geer, Jr., 23, and Michelle Alaina May, 21.

Investigators allege that Geer set fire to the couple's Wilmington residence at 622 Sharease Circle on May 12, 2014, to collect insurance funds and conspired with May to provide fraudulent information to USAA Insurance Company. 

The couple received approximately $9,800 in living expenses from the insurer.

Geer was arrested and charged with one count each of second-degree arson, fraudulently burning of one's own dwelling, burning of personal property, insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, and five counts of felony conspiracy.

Geer was placed under a $50,000 bond.

May was arrested and charged with five counts of felony conspiracy. She was placed under a $20,000 bond.

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