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Owner pleads not guilty to insurance fraud in pet shop fire

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Sam Morris

Gloria Lee speaks with attorney Dustin Marcello as she appears in Clark County District Court for her arraignment on charges stemming from an arson fire at Lee’s pet store Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Updated Wednesday, April 16, 2014 | 4:24 p.m.

Gloria Lee Pet Store Fire

Gloria Lee, accused of arson and animal cruelty in connection with a fire at her pet store, Prince and Princess Pet Boutique, appears in court Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Launch slideshow »

A woman accused of torching her Las Vegas pet shop and endangering 27 puppies in an alleged insurance scheme pleaded not guilty today to fraud and attempted theft charges.

Gloria Eun Hye Lee, 35, was indicted by a Clark County grand jury April 4 on charges of arson with attempt to defraud an insurer, insurance fraud and attempted theft in connection with the Jan. 27 blaze at the Prince and Princess Boutique at 6870 S. Rainbow Road, south of the 215 Beltway.

She pleaded not guilty to those charges today during an arraignment in Clark County District Court.

According to the indictment, Lee tried to file a claim with The Hartford Financial Services Group for $3,500 in losses from the fire.

Lee and alleged co-conspirator Kirk Bills also face charges of arson, burglary, conspiracy and 27 counts of attempted animal cruelty. Both have already pleaded not guilty to those charges.

Bowing her head behind cascades of wavy magenta hair, Lee remained mostly silent through her court appearance. Bills was also in court because the two were jointly charged in the case.

Still being held at the Clark County Detention Center, Lee and Bills were shackled in chains and wearing blue jumpsuits.

A trial date for both has been set for July 14.

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