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Former Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty In Arson Scheme Case

Reported by: Send eMail Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Dec. 12, 2013 5:31 PM EST

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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A former Chapmanville insurance agent who assisted an arsonist in obtaining a fraudulent insurance policy following the February 2012 blaze of a Logan office building pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

William Jamey Thompson, 44, entered a guilty plea Thursday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and aiding and abetting arson before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston in Charleston, according to U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office.

In November 2011, James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan, 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.

On the night of Feb. 1, 2012, Guy Miller, 39, of Logan, along with Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston and Michael Williams, 44, of Logan, worked together to set the fire to the building by spreading gasoline throughout the main floor.

Glick then paid Thompson about $50,000 to obtain a fraudulently inflated $1 million insurance policy from General Star Indemnity Co. in connection with the scheme.

Glick and co-defendant Miller both previously pleaded guilty last month to arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Glick also pleaded guilty to conducting unlawful monetary transactions, and structuring currency transactions in connection with the scheme. Simon previously pleaded guilty in November to obstruction of justice for his role in destroying a security camera that captured the arsonists fleeing the scene.

Additionally, Glick made illegal transactions of more than $10,000 from the Logan Bank & Trust on more than nine occasions. Glick also structured more than $170,000 in monies 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 IRS.

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

Miller, who also previously pleaded guilty in November to a federal drug charge, participated in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy in and around Logan County during the spring of 2011. Miller faces a minimum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 19, 2014.

Simon faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 20, 2014.

An information has been filed in the case involving Williams, but a plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Thompson faces up to faces a minimum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced on March 24, 2014.



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