Last updated: December 13. 2013 5:31AM - 1391 Views
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CHARLESTON — The Chapmanville insurance agent accused of helping an arsonist obtain a fraudulent $1 million insurance policy on a Logan office building has pleaded guilty in Charleston federal court.

William Jamey Thompson, 44, entered a guilty plea Thursday, December 12, admitting conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and aiding and abetting arson. U.S. District Judge Thomas E. Johnston presided during the hearing in federal court. Thompson faces a minimum of seven years in prison when he is sentenced in March 2014.

According to prosecutors, James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan, arranged to have the building at 111 Stratton Street in downtown Logan burned to collect the insurance proceeds. In early January 2012, officials say, Glick bought the building for $50,000.

On the evening of February 1, 2012, Guy Miller, 39, of Logan; Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston; and Michael Williams, 44, of Logan, set fire to the building with gasoline.

Federal officials say Glick paid Thompson about $50,000 to obtain a fraudulently-inflated insurance policy with General Star Indemnity Company.

Glick and Miller pleaded guilty last month to arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. In addition, Glick pleaded guilty to conducting illegal monetary transactions and structuring currency transactions. Simon has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Glick and Miller also face at least seven years in prison when sentenced next February. Simon could get up to 20 years in February as well. An information has been filed in the Williams case but a plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The Internal Revenue Service, WV State Police and WV Insurance Commission conducted the arson investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Ryan is handling the prosecution.

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