Meade County men plead guilty to arson, insurance fraud

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By Sarah Bennett

Two Guston men pleaded guilty to charges of arson and insurance fraud for their involvement in a staged vehicle wreck.

Joseph D. Ross, 51, and Joshua D. Fuqua, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4. Prosecutors offered Ross 10 years and Fuqua seven, police said.

According to the release, Ross hired Fuqua in June 2011 to drive a pick-up truck into his motor home parked on Charlie Pyle Road. Police said the two intended to collect money from the motor home’s insurance policy.

The Meade County Sheriff’s Office initially investigated the incident as a motor vehicle wreck, police said, but a deputy later contacted state police because he had concerns regarding the fire resulting from the collision.

KSP Post 4 Arson Detective Terry Scott conducted an investigation with assistance from the State Fire Marshal’s Office, which led to Ross and Fuqua’s arrest, according to the release.

The men are scheduled to appear March 21 for sentencing.