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Logan Man Sentenced In Boone County Arson Scheme

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 22, 2013 4:31 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 22, 2013 11:14 PM EST

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Boone Arson Scheme
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A Logan man was sentenced Thursday to six and a half years in prison after a federal jury found him guilty earlier this year of organizing a scheme to set fire to a Boone County rental duplex to collect more than $80,000 in insurance claims.

Michael L. White, 58, was sentenced for a May 10 conviction when a federal jury found him guilty on all three counts charged against him: conspiracy to commit arson, arson and accessory after the fact, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office.

Evidence at trial determined that White, 58, of Logan, conspired with an acquaintance, Kimberly Dawn Kinder, and her now deceased husband to set fire to a residential rental unit owned by White that was located in Van in Boone County.

Kimberly Dawn Kinder, 46, of Chapmanville, previously pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy in June 2012. White and the Kinders conspired together to set fire to the duplex to collect insurance claims.

Late in the evening on October 15, 2009, the Kinders arrived at the Van Duplex. After entering through one of the rental units, Kinder’s husband poured gasoline on a pile of clothes in the living area of one of the units. Kinder’s husband set fire to the pile of clothes and Mrs. Kinder drove the getaway vehicle.

The Van Volunteer Fire Department later responded to the incident and extinguished the fire, but the property suffered severe damage. Afterward, White filed an insurance claim with Nationwide Insurance Company as a result of the fire. Nationwide in turn paid White $80,716.51. White subsequently paid the Kinders a total of about $2,000 in small increments as payment for their role in the conspiracy.

Kimberly Dawn Kinder was sentenced in June 2013 to three years and one month in federal prison for her role in the scheme.

U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston ordered White to pay full restitution to Nationwide in the amount of $80,716.51.



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