Arson, Fraud, Endangerment, and Animal Cruelty Arrest in Connection with July 2021 Fire
1 March 2022 –
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office announced the arrest of Pamela Hankin, of Boonton, NJ, in connection with a residential fire that occurred on July 14, 2021, on Prospect Avenue. She’s been charged with Aggravated Arson, Insurance Fraud, Endangering Another Person, and Animal Cruelty.
Pamela Hankin set her house on fire last summer with one person and a cat still inside in order to file a fraudulent insurance claim, according to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The human survived unharmed, the cat did not.
“It is alleged that Hankin set fire to her room at a residence where she lived with two other individuals, one of whom was still inside the home.” – Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
The cat was killed and the home was left uninhabitable. Hankin later filed insurance claims to collect money for the damage.
Hankin surrendered to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Monday (2/28/2022) and was charged on a warrant and released with a summons to appear in court.
“The charges result from a joint investigation by the Pequannock Township Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson and Environmental Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Jackson Township (Ocean County) Police Department and the Pequannock Township Fire Department.” – Morris County Prosecutor’s Office