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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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Dentist accused of torching own clinic, PPE to dodge eviction

Bellevue dentist Dr. Mohammed Rafie is now facing charges of 1st-degree arson

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Authorities say a Washington state dentist used medical masks and gowns like kindling to try to burn his clinic down last week as he faced eviction. 

Bellevue dentist Dr. Mohammed Rafie is facing charges of first-degree arson for torching his own dental office. Rafie was in financial trouble and faced eviction for not paying rent, investigators said. 

He allegedly told police it was an accident, that he was cleaning, dropped an oxygen tank and it caught fire. Authorities said the multiple fires and the smell of lighter fluid told a different story. 

“That’s really sad I mean, there’s so many people in need of the masks and gowns and everything right now and having

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