A man was sentenced for his role in an arson plot Wednesday, May 21.
James Gregory Glick was sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for his role in the plot.
An indictment states Glick, a former Logan City Council member, operated 317 Steakhouse. Glick's term in city council ended in 2011. Federal prosecutors assert from at least November 2011 until present, the four men and other unindicted people conspired to obtain money in the form of insurance proceeds from General Star Indemnity Company under false pretenses.
William Jamey Thompson, who was also involved in the arson scheme, was sentenced to five years. Guy Miller is scheduled to be sentenced May 28, while Michael Williams and Shawn Simon will be sentenced on May 29.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, a motion has been filed to schedule a guilty plea hearing for William Jamey Thompson.
The motion was filed Friday, September 13.
The date for the hearing is not yet known.
A Logan restaurant has been closed and four people have been indicted related to a federal arson investigation.
An indictment was filed Aug. 30 in federal court against James Gregory Glick, Guy Miller, Shawn C. Simon and William Jamey Thompson.
The indictment states Glick, a former Logan City Council member, operated 317 Steakhouse. Glick's term in city council ended in 2011. Miller operated a Kirby vacuum sales and service business and the exotic dance club L.A.'s Finest. Thompson operated an independent insurance agency under the name Baisden and Associates.
Simon is Miller's cousin, the indictment states.
Glick appeared Sept. 3 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley, who set Glick's arraignment hearing for 10 a.m. Sept. 6.
The state argued Tinsley should not be released on bond, so Tinsley set Glick's detention hearing for the same time.
Glick was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
Federal prosecutors assert from at least November 2011 until present, the four men and other unindicted people conspired to obtain money in the form of insurance proceeds from General Star Indemnity Company under false pretenses.
Court documents also assert the four were trying to make money by intentionally inflating the amount of insurance coverage provided for a building on 111 Stratton Street and then intentionally setting fire to the building in order to collect the insurance proceeds on a fire loss claim.
The indictment alleges in November 2011, Glick and an unnamed person agreed to have 111 Stratton Street intentionally burned to collect the insurance proceeds. Investigators say the unnamed person and Glick agreed to pay Thompson $75,000 to obtain an inflated insurance policy. The unnamed person and Glick split the insurance proceeds, the indictment asserts.
Court documents assert the unnamed person bought 111 Stratton Street for $45,000 in December 2011. This person conveyed the property to Glick for $50,000. Thompson then applied for $1 million coverage on the building for commercial insurance including fire loss.
On February 1, 2012, the indictment further asserts, Miller and Simon aided and abetted others to spread gasoline on the main floor and set fire to 111 Stratton Street.
Thompson then submitted the insurance claim on behalf of Glick, who would receive $1,010,000 in insurance proceeds that investigators say he then shared with the others involved, federal prosecutors assert.
Charges against the group include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, arson conspiracy, use of fire to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, arson, obstruction of justice , unlawful monetary transactions and structuring.
A search warrant was executed on Logan restaurant, 317 Steakhouse on Stratton Street. State Police said the warrant is related to the arson investigation.
In July, law enforcement vehicles crowded a busy street in downtown Logan as investigators removed boxes from a building on Dingess Street. It isn't immediately clear if Tuesday's activity is related to that investigation.
"They come in this building right here," Otis Spaulding said pointing to a door on Dingess Street.
Spaulding was in the area July 25 and saw what was happening.
Investigators from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's office were also on the scene.
"You never know what is going on when you see that many law officers in the area," Spaulding said.
In another case, Phillip Wayne Workman appeared Sept. 3 before Tinsley on separate charges of knowingly obstructing, influencing and impeding a federal grand jury investigation by providing false information to law enforcement.
Workman, who was wearing an Omar coach shirt at the hearing, will appear before the federal court at 10 a.m. Sept. 6 for his arraignment hearing.
Workman and Glick came into the courthouse together; however, a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's office would neither confirm nor deny that the cases were related.
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