Buffalo Man Indicted for Arson

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM EDT

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Buffalo Man Indicted for Arson

January 17, 2012 Updated Jan 17, 2012 at 4:55 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Tuesday that a federal grand jury has returned an Indictment charging 58-year-old Michael Fijal of Buffalo with arson.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.
 
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe, who is handling the case, in May 2011, Fijal, a local bank employee, allegedly conspired with others to burn down a duplex at 179 Mackinaw Street which is located in Buffalo's Old First Ward neighborhood.

The defendant is specifically accused of allegedly withdrawing money from a local bank for the purpose of paying an accomplice to burn the building and allegedly paying the accomplice both before and after the fire on May 22, 2011.