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Hayward man indicted for restaurant fire

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A Hayward man is accused of hiring somebody to burn down his bar and restaurant so he could get the insurance money.

A federal grand jury in Madison indicted Phillip Lanthrop, 38, Thursday on six counts, including arson and insurance fraud.

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According to investigators, Lanthrop gave $5,000 and cocaine to an arsonist who then destroyed Player's Sports Bar and Grill in a fire in August 2003.

Authorities said Lanthrop then defrauded his insurance company of more than $0.25 million.

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