Accused of Fraud, Bucks County Man Kills Himself

Thomas French, 64, reportedly took his own life in front of a family home.

Thomas French

Thomas French

A member of the Bucks County family accused of accumulating a fortune through insurance fraud, has killed himself.

Thomas French was married to Claire Risoldi. “Risoldi’s family set fires in their matriarch’s home so they could collect more than $20 million in insurance claims, then used the cash float an ‘excessively extravagant lifestyle’ marked by $1.2 million in jewelry and six Ferraris, according to charges announced last month by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane,” NBC 10 reports.

French, 64, “shot himself in front of a Risoldi family home” on Thursday, the station reported.

French had been charged with one count each of: corrupt organizations, theft by deception, attempted theft by deception, conspiracy to commit theft by deception, intimidation of witnesses or victims, obstructing the administration of law, tampering with public records, criminal use of a communication facility, false reports to law enforcement and insurance fraud; two counts each of: dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities and insurance fraud; and three counts of forgery.

His wife, daughter, and daughter-in-law still face charges, as do two others who allegedly participated in the scheme.

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