A former Lyons woman was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury on Monday, just one month after her husband was convicted by a jury on six counts related to the same 2015 arson case.
Desteny R. Lamb, 23, of Maumee was indicted on one count of insurance fraud, one count of grand theft, and one count of falsification in a theft offense, all fourth-degree felonies, and one count of perjury, a third-degree felony. A warrant for her arrest was issued Monday by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office.
All but the perjury charge mirror those her husband, Ricky Lamb Jr., was found guilty of Oct. 6 following an eight-day trial in Fulton County Common Pleas Court. His original seven-count indictment also included arson, aggravated arson, and telecommunications fraud.
Like those of her husband, Desteny Lamb’s charges stem from a fire that broke out Jan. 3, 2015 at a house they rented at 104 Ash St. in Lyons. The blaze began about 5:30 p.m., shortly after the couple and their children left to attend a family dinner at a steakhouse in Holland, Ohio. The multi-alarm fire gutted the house, causing an estimated $100,000 damage that allegedly included all of the Lambs’ belongings.
The Lambs accepted donations of clothing, furniture, and toys from firefighters and community members, and Ricky Lamb’s mother established a fire victim fund at First Federal Bank in Wauseon. Lamb later admitted selling some of the donated items to raise money for his family.
An investigation by local authorities, the state fire marshal, and Nationwide Insurance, to whom Ricky Lamb Jr. filed a $65,000 insurance claim, led to the seven-count indictment against him. State Fire Marshal Frank Reitmeier said sufficient evidence was uncovered to prove arson.
Lamb is being held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio near Stryker as he awaits sentencing, and still maintains his innocence.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.