fbi couple who lost home in witch creek fire

SAN DIEGO, CA—United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy announced that Deborah and Douglas Tumlinson of Valley Center were arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bernard G. Skomal on a ten-count indictment for various fraud charges they allegedly orchestrated after losing their home in the 2007 Witch Creek fire.

In October 2007, the Tumlinsons’ home in Ramona was destroyed by wildfire. The Tumlinsons originally joined a class-action lawsuit against San Diego Gas & Electric (“SDG&E”) to recoup losses from the fire. The indictment alleges that although the Tumlinsons did not enter a settlement with SDG&E, they obtained a loan from U.S. Claims, a funding company, by falsely claiming they had reached a settlement and promising to use the settlement funds as collateral. They were later sued by U.S. Claims for not making any payments on the loan.


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