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Bellevue, Washington Dentist Charged With Arson After Torching Office and PPE

A Washington dentist has been charged with arson after allegedly torching his office—containing badly needed protective medical gear—with lighter fluid after receiving word he was being evicted for not paying rent, prosecutors said. 

Mohammad “Matt” Rafie, 53, was charged on Thursday with first-degree arson in connection with a series of fires at his Bellevue, Washington dentist practice lit over two days last week, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office told The Daily Beast. 

Prosecutors allege Rafie, who ran A to Z Dental at the Bellgrove Medical Park, attempted to destroy protective medical masks and gowns by setting them alight in his exam and x-ray rooms before he was due to be evicted, even as overwhelmed hospitals nationwide were facing the coronavirus pandemic with a shortage of supplies. 

“The defendant’s actions, in this case, reflect a desperate man willing to put others at risk to get what he wants,” King County Deputy

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