Couple Indicted with Burning Down Dentistry and Collecting Insurance Money


MT. VERNON, Mo.– A married couple indicted by a grand jury allegedly burnt down a dentist’s office in Mt. Vernon and collected more than $25,000 in illegally-claimed insurance money.  

A probable cause statement says Thomas Alms, 63, is charged with one count of “stealing by deceit” and one count of second-degree arson.  

His wife Laura, 59, is charged with both of those same two counts as well as two counts of tampering with a witness.  

The address where the Alms’ allegedly started the fire, given to Ozarks First in the probable cause statement, links back to Smile Designers Family Dentistry in Mt. Vernon.  

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