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Friday, January 23, 2015

Yogurt Entrepreneur Sentenced to Five Years in Federal Prison for Intentionally Setting Fire to His Dallas Business



DALLAS — A Dallas businessman was sentenced today for intentionally setting fire to his business, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Edgar Dalmiro Diaz, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 60 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1,508,533 in restitution.  Diaz pleaded guilty in January 2014 to an indictment charging one count of malicious use of explosive materials.  At the conclusion of today’s hearing, Judge Boyle remanded Diaz into federal custody.

Diaz is the creator of “Three Happy Cows” yogurt.  That business was located in northwest Dallas at 2750 Northhaven Drive.

According to documents filed in the case, in mid-March 2013, Diaz intentionally set fire to that building.  At that time, businesses located in the building were engaged in activities that affected interstate commerce, and the fire Mr. Diaz set damaged the building and its contents.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Dallas Fire-Rescue  investigated.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Taly Haffar prosecuted.

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