http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/...o-jail/1104151A woman who was accused of setting a fire at her office to get off work early pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this week.
Pasco sheriff's investigators said Michelle Perrino, 40, started a fire at Bayonet Point Oxygen on May 12, 2009. Perrino drew suspicion when she mentioned the fire's origin — a filing cabinet — during an employee meeting. Employees had not been told where the fire started.
Sheriff's reports also quoted Perrino's friend, who said she told him she also tripped the main breaker for the office building so it would lose power and adjusted the phones so no calls could come in, all so she would be sent home from work early with pay.
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jun...n-office-fire/Strange things were happening at the clinic in the spring of 2009 while Perrino was still employed there.
The power kept going out because someone would intentionally throw the switch. The phones would stop working. Items went missing. Finally, in May, someone set fire to a file cabinet.
A few days later, Perrino called in and quit her job as a customer service representative. When investigators interviewed her former roommate, Lance Hunshner, he told them that Perrino had told him about her ploys to get out of work early.
According to an arrest affidavit, Hunshner said Perrino had told him that she had gone outside and flipped off the power so she could leave early.
He also said she told him she would tamper with the phones so no calls could come in and that she had started a fire so she could go home early and still be paid.
With credit for time served, she walked out of jail on Monday. Guess she got to go home early... without pay, this time.