Randolph Man Sentenced for Burning Down Home

A Randolph man, who set fire to a house his parent’s owned to collect insurance money, has been sentenced to eight months in jail after pleading no contest to an amended charge of 1st Degree Reckless Endangering Safety, which is a felony. According to the criminal complaint, Seth Braker had been let go from his job with Ballweg Implement for mishandling contracts and funds. The owner, Tom Ballweg, and Braker agreed to a settlement in which Braker’s parents reimbursed the business $50,000. In an effort to pay his parents back Braker torched an unoccupied home on their Town of Westford property. The home was insured for $50,000 but the land it occupied was worth $450,000. The 26-year-old told investigators that he used a torch to ignite a coat in the bathroom. Braker was also placed on probation for seven and-a-half years.