A couple were arraigned Thursday in federal court in Sacramento on charges related to the arson of their former home in Antelope.
Alexander Sakhanskiy, 39, and Larisa Sakhanskiy, 43, of Sacramento pleaded not guilty and each was released on a $50,000 bond, according to a federal Department of Justice news release. A status conference is scheduled for June 6 before Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr.
On May 2, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging the Sakhanskiys with arson to commit another felony, mail fraud, wire fraud and arson affecting interstate commerce. The indictment alleges that on May 22, 2010, a fire destroyed the couple's home, a single-family house at 5745 Hawkeye Lane in Antelope. The home was also being used as the business location of "Alex's Plumbing."
The indictment alleges that the defendants either set fire or caused the fire to be set to collect insurance money from Farmers Insurance Group, Mid-Century Insurance Co., and that they knowingly made false statements to the insurance company regarding the cause and origin of the fire and the personal property destroyed by the fire.
The case resulted form an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Department.