ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A 42-year-old Minnesota man pleaded guilty in federal court to setting fire to his St. Cloud bar in a scheme to get more than $1 million in insurance money.
The U.S. Department of Justice District of Minnesota says that Andrew Charles Welsh pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of arson in connection to the Feb. 17, 2020, fire.Woman Charged With DUI After Crashing Into Her Own Apartment Building
According to court documents, Welsh, the owner of the Press Bar and Parlor, used gasoline to start a fire in his office in the bar’s basement. The flames engulfed the bar and destroyed an iconic part of St. Cloud’s nightlife scene.READ MORE: Next Weather: Top 10 Weather Day Going Into Weekend, But Severe Storms Possible Sunday
Days later, Welsh attempted to claim more than $1.4 million in insurance money for property damage and other losses. Later, Welsh admitted to investigators that he submitted a fraudulent insurance claim.MORE NEWS: Project Safe Neighborhoods Launches To Get Guns Off Streets
Welsh’s sentencing date has yet to be set.