Desteny Lamb to be sentenced for insurance fraud

By David J. Coehrs -



The wife of a former Lyons resident sentenced to prison for multiple charges connected to an arson case has been found guilty in a related four-count indictment.

Desteny Lamb, 23, of Maumee entered an Alford plea to the charge of insurance fraud on May 19 in Fulton County Common Pleas Court. In the plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges the risk of conviction for a more serious offense that could lead to a more severe sentence.

Upon entering her plea, the court found Lamb guilty. The charge was one of four counts filed against her including grand theft, falsification in a theft offense, and perjury. The remaining charges will likely be dropped as part of a plea agreement.

A pre-sentencing investigation has been ordered. No sentencing date has been set.

Lamb’s husband, Rick Lamb Jr., is currently serving six years in prison for aggravated arson, insurance fraud, grand theft, falsification in a theft, and telecommunications fraud.

The charges against both Lambs stemmed from a Jan. 3, 2015, fire at an Ash Street home in Lyons they were renting. Investigations into arson by the state fire marshals office and Nationwide Insurance led to the indictments against them.

The home was gutted by the blaze, and afterward the Lambs accepted an outpouring of donations from a fire department and from the community. They also filed an insurance claim for the loss of their personal belongings.

At Rick Lamb’s sentencing in December, his wife, who had already received her four-count indictment, gave a prepared statement asking the court for leniency for her husband.


By David J. Coehrs

Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.

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