April 18, 2018

Iraqi guilty of Enfield eatery arson

An Iraqi citizen living in Massachusetts faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for torching his Enfield restaurant two years ago, prosecutors say.

Mustafa Zabana, 32, an Iraqi national residing in Westfield, Mass., pleaded guilty Wednesday in New Haven federal court to one count of mail fraud stemming from the June 3, 2016, incident, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.

According to investigators, firefighters were called around 10:42 p.m. to Bruno's Pizza, 634 Enfield St., on reports of a blaze.

Zabana intentionally set the fire, prosecutors said, damaging the restaurant and its contents, as well as other commercial space in the mall where the restaurant was housed.

The owner submitted an insurance claim with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., which reimbursed him $5,000 for his losses, investigators said. However, Zabana continued pressing Liberty Mutual for more payments through at least Dec. 2016.
He remains in custody since his March 2017 arrest, pending his June 29 sentencing.

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