Second Hitching Post Suspect Indicted
by Taylor Viydo, firstname.lastname@example.org
A second New Mexico man has been indicted by a Wyoming Federal Grand Jury for his alleged involvement in an arson fire that destroyed Cheyenne's Hitching Post Hotel.
51-year-old Ajay Jariwala was arrested on Thursday in Albuquerque. Jariwala now faces multiple charges including Conspiracy to Commit Arson, Aiding and Abetting Arson, and Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud.
If convicted, prosecutors say Jariwala could face up to 110 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. He's set to make his initial appearance in federal court in New Mexico in the near future.
In September of last year, another New Mexico man was also indicted for his alleged involvement in the fire. 44-year-old Robert Rodriguez has since been charged with setting fire to the hotel and using fire to further mail fraud.
The iconic Cheyenne hotel burned down in September of 2010. At the time, investigators concluded that the fire was arson.
The incident has since been the center of an ongoing legal battle between the hotel's owners and an insurance company. CJM Hospitality has sued the National Surety Corporation because the company refused to cover the loss of the hotel. National Surety has claimed that the owners intentionally burned down the Hitching Post in order to collect insurance money.