On March 6, 2009, Santa Monica Firefighters were called to put out a vehicle
engulfed in flames on 9th Street. Once the flames had been extinguished, officers found a gas can
in the car and a lighter just a few yards away and concluded the incident
to be an act of
In May of 2009, detectives arrested the vehicle's owner, Sidney Porter of
Santa Monica, due to fingerprints found at the scene and cell phone records revealing
he was just leaving Santa Monica at the time the fire. The cell phone
records proved that Porter's statements regarding his location at
the time of the fire were false. Sidney Porter had set his
2006 Dodge Magnum on fire in an attempt to commit
insurance fraud. In January of 2010, Porter was convicted on one count of
and sentenced to three years in state prison.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with
contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Robert M. Bernstein for a free consultation today.