DeForest Man Charged With Arson

A DeForest man was charged with arson Wednesday in connection with a fire at his pizza restaurant last December.

A federal indictment alleges that on Dec. 27, Thomas L. Matje, 46, destroyed by fire a building and personal property known as Fat Boys Pizza in Lodi.

The fire caused about $200,000 in damage.

If convicted, Matje faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.