by Rachel Swan
Add yet another dramatic plot-twist to the saga of Oakland's Menlo Hotel: an arson scam. According to The Oakland Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, owner Richard Earl Singer plotted to burn down the dilapidated seven-story building in order to collect an insurance payout. This news comes just days after the property manager, RMD Services, served residents a notice to vacate immediately. Although RMD Services owner Ryan Isaac Nathan (real name Suren Narayan Swaminathan) told The Post, through a spokesperson, that he knew nothing of the alleged arson plot, there's clearly something fishy going on. According to Post reporter Lynda Carson, one of the informants was a former employee of RMD Services.