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Milwaukee lawyer gets house arrest for role in arson fraud

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee lawyer has been sentenced to house arrest for helping a client collect $325,000 in an arson fraud.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports 62-year-old Harvey Goldstein will spend six months of home confinement as part of a one-year probation sentence. He also must pay more than $44,000 in restitution.

Goldstein initially lied to investigators about his knowledge of the 2010 building arson. He later admitted he was part of his client’s plot to collect insurance proceeds after the blaze.

Mathew Lemberger was charged with arson, fraud and murder-for-hire in the fire that destroyed his truck parts business in Denmark, Wis. He pleaded guilty in the arson of his business and his house in 2009 as part of another fraud scheme.

Lemberger was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison.

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