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Hot real estate has Texas woman facing insurance fraud

Posted On: Jun. 23, 2021 11:48 AM CST


They say a fresh coat of paint or better staging might help one sell a home lingering on the market. A woman in Harker Heights, Texas, meanwhile, thought a canister of gasoline could help her financial plight.

Britny Alandria Parks is facing multiple felony counts, including arson, reckless burning, risking a catastrophe and filing a false insurance claim after being accused of setting her home in 2020 after being unable to sell it, according to

In a criminal complaint cited by the new outlet, the Texas State Police fire marshal’s unit said Ms. Parks had been trying to move out and sell the house by August 2020 with “negative results.” On the date of the fire, Ms. Parks spent the day removing household items and property to an off-site storage location, according to the article.

Witnesses and former friends of Ms. Parks told investigators that she had asked them to fix the house so she could sell it, which led to the discovery of “unexpected structural deficiencies.” They told police Ms. Parks talked about being tired of fixing everything and made comments about the amount of insurance coverage on the house, and later made “overtures” to pay the friends to help set her house on fire, according to the article.