Ex-Redskins player indicted in arson, fraud

April 15, 2004

GREENBELT - Former Washington Redskins player Ozzie Clay was indicted yesterday on federal arson and fraud charges that accuse him of setting fire to his failing home-security business to collect insurance proceeds.

Clay, 61, was indicted by a grand jury in U.S. District Court on 17 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering and arson. He could receive up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The indictment accuses Clay of setting fire to his struggling Temple Hills business, Armorguard, on Aug. 14, 2000, as part of an insurance fraud scheme. Clay, who lives in Silver Spring, is a former Washington-area developer who played with the Redskins for a single season, in 1964, as a kick returner.

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