Pasco woman set fire to get out of work early gets jail time

Jun 21, 2010 (Tampa Tribune – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — NEW PORT RICHEY — A woman accused of setting fire to a file cabinet at her former place of employment so she could leave work early pleaded guilty to criminal mischief this morning.

Michelle Perrino, 39, of 8806 Roseanne Blvd, was sentenced to nine months in the Land O’ Lakes Jail to be followed by five years of probation. She also was ordered to pay $4,800 in restitution to pay for damage to the office.

Perrino worked at the Bayonet Point Oxygen Clinic, 8350 Donal St. in Port Richey. Strange things were happing at the clinic in the spring 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, Hunsher 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 small fire so she could go home early and still be paid.

She was arrested at her home in September and charged with first-degree arson.

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~ by thmjklmstrymn on June 24, 2010.

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