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Upper Moreland Couple Charged With Lying to Cops

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Upper Moreland Police Department)

An Upper Moreland couple is charged with lying to investigators about the details of a fire that occurred on Blair Mill Road in June of last year.

Michael Tiziana and Laura Fanelli were arrested and charged Saturday with the misdemeanor crime of unsworn falsification to law enforcement.

The fire started shortly after 9 a.m. on the morning of June 3, 2010 in the 4300 block of Blair Mill Road.

Police say that Fanelli was the most important witness in the fire investigation because she discovered the fire and alert the occupant of the home that it was on fire. The occupant of the home escaped unharmed but two dogs died from smoke inhalation.

When investigators interviewed Fanelli they discovered that she was distorting the events of the day.

Police say Fanelli mislead them about the whereabouts of her boyfriend Tiziana, who after investigation was discovered to be at the location of the fire. Tiziana was in jail but participating in a work release program and was supposed to be at his job at the time. When police talked to Tizanan he lied and said he was not at the scene of the fire when it occurred.

The fire is believed to be accidental but the false statements given by Tiziana and Fanelli added months to the fire investigation say police.

The investigation into the couples false claims was spearheaded by the Upper Moreland Police Department, the Upper Moreland Fire Marshal and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

Tom Sofield (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)
Online Editor

Categories: fire, Police, Upper Moreland
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