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Upper Southampton Man Convicted in Fed. Court for Arson & Lying to Gov’t

By Tom Sofield
Editor – (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)

Tuesday in federal court, an Upper Southampton man was convicted of arson, in connection with an explosion and fire that occurred at the Bucks County Chiropractic Center he owned with his wife, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Jonathan P. Wiktorchik, Jr., 59, of Southampton, was also convicted of mail fraud and making false statements to federal investigators.

When the fire occurred after Wiktorchik had lost his chiropractor’s license , was facing charges of insurance fraud and was have money trouble, prosecutors said.

The arson occurred, March 30, 2008, at 2540 – 48 Mountain View Road in Nockamixon Township in Upper Bucks County.

The fire which destroyed Wiktorchik’s chiropractic clinic also decimated four other adjacent businesses.

An investigation revealed Wiktorchik set fire to his business using gasoline.

After the fire, Wiktorchik was paid $50,000 after he filed a proof of loss claim with Maryland Casualty Company, t/a Zurich American Insurance Company (“Zurich”), said the U.S. attorney’s office.

It was reveled in court that over the course of the investigation Wiktorchik lied to federal agents, first claiming that he was on a camping trip with his son during the time the fire was set and not near the scene of the fire.

On another occasion the Upper Southampton father told investigators, the first explanation was false and stated he left the camp site in the early morning hours to check on his business. When he arrived to his business, he claimed he was assaulted by Spanish-speaking gang members, who, he told investigators, caused the explosion and fire, according to the U.S. attorney’s press release.

Bail for Wiktorchik was immediately revoked and sentencing is scheduled for June 3, 2011.

Wiktorchik faces a mandatory-minimum prison term of 15 years, with a maximum possible sentence of 63 years, and a fine of up to $1.5 million, said the U.S. attorney’s office.

Prosecutors said, the case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Bucks County Fire Marshals Office, the Philadelphia Fire Department, and the Internal Revenue Service.

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