Insurance agent pleads guilty in Logan arson scheme
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Chapmanville insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday to aiding and abetting arson.
William Jamey Thompson, 44, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in U.S. District Court in Charleston, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
Thompson helped secure an inflated insurance policy after a Logan office building burned down in February last year.
In November 2011, James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan, arranged to have an office building at 111 Stratton St. in Logan burned to collect more than $1 million of insurance money.
The building, which was purchased for $45,000, was immediately sold to Glick in January 2012 for about $50,000.
On the night of Feb. 1, 2012, Guy Miller, 39, of Logan, Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston and Michael Williams, 44, of Logan, allegedly worked together to set fire to the building, the release states. Glick paid Thompson around $50,000 to obtain the $1 million insurance policy.
Thompson faces at least seven years in prison when he's sentenced March 24.
Glick and Miller, who previously pleaded guilty for their parts in the scheme, face a minimum of seven years when they are sentenced Feb. 19.Simon faces up to 20 years when he's sentenced Feb. 20, the release states.
Williams has been charged by information, according to the release. That typically means a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors.