CRIME

Family accused of $20M insurance fraud after multiple fires, jewelry theft claim at mansion

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows Claire Risoldi.  The state attorney general's office announced, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the arrest of the 67-year-old Risoldi and four relatives. Counts against Risoldi include conspiracy, witness intimidation and forgery. The investigation began after a 2013 fire at Risoldi's mansion near Philadelphia. It was the third blaze in five years. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General)

This undated photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows Claire Risoldi. The state attorney general's office announced, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, the arrest of the 67-year-old Risoldi and four relatives. Counts against Risoldi include conspiracy, witness intimidation and forgery. The investigation began after a 2013 fire at Risoldi's mansion near Philadelphia. It was the third blaze in five years. (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a Pennsylvania family's luxurious lifestyle has been financed by more than $20 million in fraudulent insurance claims amid a series of mansion fires.

The state attorney general's office on Thursday announced the arrest of 67-year-old Claire Risoldi and four relatives. Counts against Risoldi include conspiracy, witness intimidation and forgery.

The investigation began after a 2013 fire at Risoldi's mansion near Philadelphia. It was the third blaze in five years.

Authorities say Risoldi falsely accused volunteer firefighters of stealing $10 million in jewelry while battling the flames.

An insurer has paid out more than $20 million for the fires but is fighting the jewelry claim.

Authorities told a grand jury they uncovered a decades-long pattern of questionable insurance claims by Risoldi.

Risoldi's lawyer has no comment.