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Florida CFO Jeff Atwater Announces Arrest of Jacksonville Man for Attempted Arson and Prowling

6/8/2012

Contact: Alexis Lambert or Deborah Cox
(850) 413-2842
TALLAHASSEE—Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater today announced the arrest of Darrian Denard Corbitt, of Jacksonville, after a joint investigation involving the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigation (BFAI) determined that Corbitt intended to set a car repair business on fire.
“The great work by both agencies in this case prevented what could have been a tragedy,” CFO Atwater said. “This sends a clear message that our law enforcement officials are on alert and that we will not tolerate crimes that endanger our fellow Floridians.”
In the early morning of June 7, a Jacksonville Sheriff’s deputy observed Corbitt driving a car without the headlights on. When confronted by the deputy, Corbitt stated that he was going to burn down the business because of a conflict over the repair of his vehicle. 
BFAI was called to assist with the investigation and interviewed Corbitt, who stated that he intended to “give the business owner a warning.”  During the investigation, a .45 caliber pistol was found in the trunk of Corbitt’s car.
Corbitt was arrested and booked into the Duval County Jail on charges of attempted arson and prowling. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison and pay a fine of up to $10,000.
To report arson, call 1-877-No-Arson (1-877-662-7766) or visit http://www.facap.org/ReportArson.cfm.  A reward of up to $5,000 may be paid by the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention for a tip that leads directly to an arrest and conviction.

Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services.  CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending.