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Woman hires brothers to burn down her home for insurance money

TEKOA, Wash. -  A former Tekoa woman has been arrested for allegedly getting two brothers to burn down her home for the insurance money.

51-year-old Diane Galler and 26-year-old Darien Rhoads of Spokane were arrested Friday night. 27-year-old Raymond Rhoads turned himself in Sunday night after learning of a warrant for his arrest.

The fire was set on Truax Street in Tekoa on September 18. Whitman County Fire District 1 Volunteers responded to the fire, but the home was destroyed. No one was hurt.

The cause of the fire was unknown until the Sheriff's office received a tip early this year that the home was set fire intentionally. The brothers set fire to the home using an accelerate.

Galler was paid over 150 thousands dollars by her insurance company.

All three suspects are facing first degree arson counts. They are all in Whitman County Jail awaiting appearance in Whitman County Superior Court Monday afternoon. 


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