Instead, Mr. Batoff said the defendants signed a lease agreement to move into the residence and obtained $5 million in personal insurance policies. Then, he claims Mr. Topolinski and Ms. Charbonneau set the mansion on fire in April 2012 to collect a $22 million insurance policy that Mr. Batoff held on the home.
The suit claims the defendants took several steps to prevent their alleged scheme from being detected, such as firing the home's caretakers and disabling a security system at the mansion just before the fire.
Mr. Topolinski and Ms. Charbonneau have sued Mr. Batoff for $35 million in insurance proceeds that he received after the fire, the lawsuit says. The FBI would not confirm or deny whether it is investigating Mr. Topolinski or Ms. Charbonneau, according to a report from the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Mr. Batoff is accusing the defendants of committing insurance fraud and violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, among other claims. He is seeking damages of at least $8 million in the case.">