Extradition papers filed for arsonist suspect mom

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Posted: Feb 23, 2012 10:18 AM
Extradition papers filed for arsonist suspect mom

Federal prosecutors have filed extradition papers for the German mother of a suspected Los Angeles serial arsonist.

U.S. attorney's office spokesman Thom Mrozek says Dorothee Burkhart faces 17 fraud charges in Germany over allegations she bilked apartment renters out of their security deposits.

Mrozek says the original provisional arrest warrant filed last year listed 19 counts, meaning German officials decided not to pursue two charges against her.

Burkhart is scheduled to appear in court for an extradition hearing on May 9.

Her son, Harry Burkhart, is charged with 100 arson-related counts involving 49 fires in Hollywood, West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley over the New Year's weekend. If convicted, he faces more than 80 years in state prison.