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Two Men Plead Guilty In Logan Arson Scheme

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 6, 2013 4:48 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 10:30 PM EST

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Logan Arson Pleas
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Two men entered guilty pleas in federal court Wednesday in connection with a Logan arson scheme.

James Gregory Glick, and co-defendant Guy R. Miller, 39, both pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office. Glick, 44, of Logan, also pleaded guilty to conducting unlawful monetary transactions, and structuring currency transactions in connection with the scheme.

In November 2011, Glick, a former Logan city councilman, arranged to have an office building located at 111 Stratton St. in Logan burned to collect more than $1 million in insurance proceeds. In late December 2011, the building was purchased by a known person for $45,000 prior to the scheme. That person, in turn, immediately sold the property to Glick in early January 2012 purportedly for $50,000.

During the scheme, Glick then paid William Jamey Thompson, 44, an independent insurance agent from Chapmanville, about $50,000 to obtain a fraudulently-inflated $1 million insurance policy from General Star Indemnity Company (“General Star”) in connection with the scheme, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On the night of Feb. 1, 2012, Guy Miller, Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston and another associate worked together to set the fire by spreading gasoline throughout the main floor, the release said.
Additionally, Glick made illegal transactions of more than $10,000 from the Logan Bank & Trust (“LB&T”) on more than nine occasions. Glick also structured more than $170,000 from accounts at LB&T during the conspiracy. “Structuring” involves the breaking down of cash transactions in amounts of $10,000 or less for the purpose of avoiding a financial institution’s reporting requirements to the Internal Revenue Service.

Glick faces a minimum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19, 2014, by U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.

Miller, who also pleaded guilty today to a federal drug charge, participated in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy in and around Logan County during the spring of 2011. In the weeks following July 3, 2011, Miller made several trips to Florida to illegally obtain more than 1,000 oxycodone pills.

Miller faces a minimum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19, 2014.

The plea hearings for Thompson and Simon are set for Thursday, Nov. 7.



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