Police: Newark woman set home on fire, tried to blame it on her husband

Amy Wilson

LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — A woman in Newark has been charged with aggravated arson, after investigators said she tried to set fire to her own house multiple times, including once when her three children were inside.

Amy Wilson, 39, of Newark, remains in the Licking County Justice Center on that charge. Newark Police Detective Sergeant Scott Snow said she could face other charges.

Snow said Wilson came up with an elaborate scheme to frame her estranged husband for the fires, which happened in February at her house on North 31st Street in Newark. He said she bought disposable phones and sent text messages to her own cellphone, pretending they were from her husband.

“She tried to enlist other people to be on her side, and in fact, people legitimately thinking they were helping this innocent victim were being used by her to facilitate her fraud,” Snow said.

Snow said her three children are now with children’s services.

“It bothers me for the safety of the children, it bothers me for their mental composite,” Snow said. “It bothers me for the husband. It bothers me when you look at the number of man-hours that were devoted between the fire department, police department and outside agencies who helped us. It’s hundreds [of hours], involving tens of thousands of dollars.”

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