For­mer MMA fighter held with­out bond in Stafford

Ex-Md. po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of fraud, ID theft, at­tempted ar­son

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - Metro - BY KEITH EPPS The Free Lance-Star

A judge Fri­day de­nied a bond re­quest from a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer ac­cused of, among other things, plot­ting to burn down the Stafford County Pub­lic Safety Build­ing and at­tempt­ing to burn the res­i­dence of her child’s fa­ther in Fairfax County.

Cassie Chris­tine Crisano, 37, of Stafford is charged with mul­ti­ple of­fenses, in­clud­ing fraud, iden­tity theft and at­tempted ar­son in Stafford. Pros­e­cu­tor Tara Mooney said Fri­day in Stafford Cir­cuit Court that more charges are pend­ing.

Crisano, a for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer in Prince Ge­orge’s County, Md., and a for­mer mixed mar­tial arts fighter, also was charged Thurs­day night on an at­tempted ar­son al­le­ga­tion in Fairfax County. That charge stemmed from a 2016 in­ci­dent in which gaso­line was doused on the front stoop of her for­mer boyfriend’s home.

Ac­cord­ing to tes­ti­mony and court records, Crisano was ini­tially ar­rested Aug. 31 af­ter be­ing ac­cused of con­ning an in­sur­ance com­pany out of $20,000. Mooney told Judge Don­ald Had­dock that Crisano staged a bur­glary at a home she shared with a Pen­tagon po­lice of­fi­cer on Can­non Ridge Drive in south­ern Stafford. The of­fi­cer is also the fa­ther of Crisano’s young daugh­ter.

The Stafford Sher­iff’s Of­fice be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Au­gust af­ter Crisano’s for­mer friend, Terry Lin­ton, told po­lice about the in­sur­ance fraud. Lin­ton, 31, was a fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tor for the Navy Fed­eral Credit Union when he was ar­rested in Fred­er­ick County in July on a charge of so­lic­it­ing a child on the in­ter­net.

In an ap­par­ent at­tempt to re­duce his own le­gal trou­bles, Lin­ton told po­lice about the fraud case in Stafford. The Sher­iff’s Of­fice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the Can­non Ridge Drive ad­dress and found the prop­erty that had been re­ported stolen, along with 93 ac­count num­bers from Navy Fed­eral and names and dates of birth.

Mooney said po­lice also re­cov­ered three dif­fer­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tions on Crisano when she was ar­rested; all three are for Navy Fed­eral cus­tomers.

Un­aware that Lin­ton was the one who’d set her up, ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence, Crisano con­tacted Lin­ton on Sept. 3, three days af­ter she was re­leased on bond. In a taped phone call, Crisano im­plored Lin­ton to help her de­stroy the Pub­lic Safety Build­ing as a way to get rid of the ev­i­dence against her.

She told Lin­ton, ac­cord­ing to the ev­i­dence, that the “only way to get rid of (the ev­i­dence) is to get rid of that build­ing.” The plot in­volved Molo­tov cock­tails and set­ting fire to a field a cou­ple of miles away to di­vert fire depart­ment re­sources from the pri­mary tar­get.

Mooney said Crisano showed up for a pre­ar­ranged meet­ing with Lin­ton about 10:20 p.m. Sept. 3 to carry out the plot. In­stead, she was greeted and ar­rested by Stafford de­tec­tives. Mooney said Crisano had la­tex gloves and a gaso­line can, among other things, when she was ar­rested.

Mooney said Crisano is clearly a dan­ger to the com­mu­nity and told Judge Had­dock that deny­ing her bond “should be the eas­i­est de­ci­sion you’ll make all day. She’s will­ing to go to any lengths.”

De­fense at­tor­ney Ja­son Pelt ar­gued that de­spite her “self­de­struc­tive” be­hav­ior, Crisano de­served a bond. He pointed out that she has no prior crim­i­nal record and could be mon­i­tored by GPS, house ar­rest or a re­quire­ment to check into a men­tal fa­cil­ity.

Pelt also ar­gued it is un­fair that Crisano is be­ing held with­out bond while Lin­ton and the Pen­tagon of­fi­cer are not even fac­ing charges in Stafford. Pelt said there was no way Crisano con­cocted the fraud scheme on her own, say­ing it was ob­vi­ous that the Navy Fed­eral in­for­ma­tion came from Lin­ton and that the of­fi­cer should have known some­thing was amiss.

A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing for Crisano is sched­uled for Oct. 19 in Stafford Gen­eral District Court. Pelt said Crisano left the po­lice force sev­eral years ago af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter see­ing her part­ner get shot.


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