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Published June 20 2012

Andviks' insurer seeks nearly $14,000 in restitution linked to arsons

MOORHEAD – An insurance company is seeking $13,930 in restitution from convicted arsonist Tara Andvik, including $3,750 that was paid to the fire departments that responded to a series of fires at her and her husband’s rural Barnesville farmstead.

Andvik, 34, is scheduled to be sentenced June 28 in Clay County District Court.

A jury convicted her May 15 of three felony counts of first-degree arson for setting fires to her barn and home last October.

The state alleged Andvik set the fires to try to frame an ex-lover because she was angry about how he ended their affair. In a letter to him dated May 17 and sent from the Clay County Jail, Andvik maintained she didn’t start the fires.

The actual costs incurred by the Barnesville and Hawley fire departments total $12,428, but the Andviks’ insurance policy covered only $750 per fire, as did the policy of Matt Andvik’s grandmother, on whose land the first fire was set Oct. 7, according to the restitution request and affidavit filed this week by Oscar-Parke Mutual Insurance Co.

Michael Stetz, chief of the Barnesville Area Volunteer Fire Department, said the Andviks covered the costs that their insurance didn’t.

“We’re out of the picture, and we’re happy,” he said.

The other losses listed by the insurance company include a $5,000 advance paid to Matt and Tara Andvik on Oct. 21, two days after the final fire left their house uninhabitable.

The affidavit, signed by Oscar-Parke manager Lori A. Anderson of Rothsay, also lists $4,211 in attorney fees and $969 in adjusting bills.

Andvik faces up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine for each of the three arson convictions.