Owner of St. Cloud bar federally indicted for arson, insurance fraud scheme

The owner of a St. Cloud bar is has been federally indicted for allegedly burning down the bar for insurance money.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 41-year-old Andrew Charles Welsh is charged with arson, use of fire to commit a federal felony and wire fraud.

Welsh was arrested Friday and made his court appearance the same day.

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The indictment alleges Welsh, who owned The Press Bar and Parlor, used an ignitable liquid on Feb. 17 to start a fire in the basement of the bar. Eventually, the fire spread and destroyed the building.

On Feb. 24, Welsh retained a public insurance adjuster to help prepare, present and adjust his insurance claims related to the fire. Two days later, he claimed he was entitled to a $1,430,123.28 insurance payment to cover the loss of the bar and other losses in the fire.

Welsh was charged in Stearns County in March.