This story originally ran in the Observer on March 22, 2013
A Cornelius man faces a federal criminal charge after he allegedly solicited an undercover FBI agent to burn down the home of a South Carolina private investigator, court records show.
Zulfiqar Ali Kacho, 39, offered the undercover agent $1,000 to burn down the house of the private investigator who Kacho said was responsible for taking a girl away from him, according to documents filed March 15 in federal court.
A federal grand jury indicted Kacho on one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence and on Thursday a judge denied Kachos bond.
The criminal complaint said FBI agents were tipped off to Kachos alleged plans on March 4 when an acquaintance of Kachos notified agents at the FBIs Charlotte Division that the man was looking to pay someone to ruin the life of the South Carolina private investigator.
That acquaintance then introduced an undercover agent to Kacho as someone who was willing to commit the arson.
During a March 8 meeting, Kacho provided the undercover agent with pictures of the intended victims house in Bluffton, S.C., court records show. Kacho asked the agent to burn the house to the ground using gas or petroleum in the houses crawl space, according to the documents.
About a week later, court documents stated Kacho paid the FBI agent a $100 installment to go forward with the crime.
Kacho is being held in the Mecklenburg County jail.
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