A former volunteer fire department chief on the Kickapoo Tribe Reservation in Kansas is facing federal charges for allegedly conspiring to set fires that the department was paid to fight.
A federal grand jury in Topeka on Wednesday indicted 26-year-old Stephen D. Ramirez, the former chief, on four counts of wire fraud.
A volunteer firefighter, Arlene M. Negonsott, 34, was also indicted on the same charges, federal prosecutors said.
According to the indictment, the Kickapoo Tribe had a contract with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide fire service on the reservation. The tribe was paid $600 for each fire it fought, according to the terms of the contract.
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The indictment says Ramirez recruited Negonsott to set fires on the reservation. Six grass fires allegedly were set from July to November 2015, according to the indictment.