Sentencing Delayed for Man Charged in Hitching Post Fire
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The sentencing for a New Jersey man charged in a 2010 arson fire that destroyed the landmark Hitching Post Inn in Cheyenne has been postponed.
Falgun Dharia was supposed to be sentenced last Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. His sentencing has been pushed back to March 4.
Dharia pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit insurance fraud as part of a plea deal.
Dharia was a principal in CJM Hospitality LLC, which had bought the Hitching Post at a bankruptcy proceeding. Prosecutors say the September 15, 2010, fire was set to defraud an insurance company of $13 million.
Dharia has admitted to knowing about the arson when filing an insurance claim, but denies responsibility for the fire.