Real Housewives Star Ashlee Holmes’ Father Arrested For Arson & Fraud — See The Mug Shots

By Alexis TereszcukRadar Senior Reporter

The legal troubles never stop for the Real Housewives — do they?

John Madison “Matt” Holmes — the father of Real Housewives of New Jersey daughter Ashlee Holmes (her mom is Jacqueline Laurita) — was arrested in Texas for arson, insurance fraud and money laundering in connection with a suspected arson back in March, and has all the details.

“Matt” Holmes and his wife, Jodi Sue Holmes, were arrested in Parker County, Texas on June 2 and had to come up with a huge bail — $225,000 for John and $75,000 for Jodi Sue.

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A fire destroyed their home in March and Holmes told the Fire Marshall Investigator that he was at the house about 30 to 45 minutes before the firefighters were called to the property. However, a witness came forward and said Holmes started the fire in the house using kerosene and gasoline, according to

The couple received $429,000 in insurance money from their house fire, but police allege that Jodi knew about the arson and that the couple used the insurance money to make purchases that included plastic surgery and a $40,000 diamond ring.

The Fire Marshall Investigator, Ken Dabbs, told that they were working with the FBI on the case.

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Ashlee took to Twitter to defend her dad.  “FYI- my parents have NOT been indicted..this whole thing was started by a disgruntled employee..they are INNOCENT &that’s all i have to say.”

“Matt” Holmes recently appeared on the Bravo reality show to stage an intervention for his daughter.



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