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317 Steakhouse on Stratton Street in Logan was closed Tuesday as part of the investigation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Logan restaurant owner is named in a federal grand jury indictment for allegedly being part of a scheme to purchase a building in Logan and then having it burned down for the insurance money.

James Gregory Glick and three other men, Guy Miller, Shawn Simon and William Thompson are named in various counts of arson and mail fraud.

(Read full indictment here.)

Federal prosecutors say the scheme involved purchasing a building at 111 Stratton Street in Logan, which was right across the street from the 317 Steakhouse that Glick owns, getting inflated insurance coverage on the building and then having it burned down to collect the money.

The indictment Glick agreed to pay Thompson, an independent insurance agent, $75,000 for an inflated insurance policy after the building was purchased for $45,000 in Dec. 2011. A $1 million policy was obtained and the building was burned down in Feb. 2012. Glick later collected just more than $1 million.

The indictment said several other people were involved in the conspiracy, some known to the grand jury and some unknown.

Glick’s 317 Steakhouse was closed by police Tuesday in connection with the investigation.

The defendants will appear before a federal magistrate judge in the near future.


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  • rango

    Why hasn't Alvis Porter been charge for buying stolen generators from VA Hospital

    • Richard

      Can you say POLITICS?

  • the truth

    What was Earl Ray's cut?

  • Gman

    On this case the feds, state police and the state fire marshal's office worked as a team to bring these people to justice

  • Levelheaded

    The Feds seem to be doing their job in West Virginia. Hope they know there is still a lot to do.

    • Robert

      They have a lot more to do in Logan County. Hope they continue to investigate this town.

  • Robby

    Are they related to Joe C Ferrel haha

    • Bill

      It's all one big corrupt family in this town.

  • James Lane

    None of those indicted contributed to any Democrat campaigns and two of the four are known Republicans. How about that, right wing nut jobs?

  • FungoJoe

    We see that through insurance fraud the Democrats are funding themselves in Southern WV. Ever since the DNC and Obama cut off WV election campaign funds, I had been wondering how the Democrats were footing the bill for their campaigns. Now we know.

  • Levelheaded

    Must be in the water.

  • Tammy

    It's not over yet. There will be more is the word in Logan. There's rumors of others who own bars and gambling places involved in some underhanded things that involve politics. Nobody surprised by this, right?

  • Joe Cool

    Just Logan being Logan

    • hailey

      and Joe being Joe

  • BigBadJohnHenry

    Logan County??
    I wonder how much of that money went into the pockets of Democrat politicians in Logan County??
    Let's see some alleged investigative news journalists dig up the campaign contributions list for Gov. Earl Ray (Primaries, Special and General elections) to see if any of the names of Glick, Simon, Miller and Thompson and their families are on that list. I wonder what might be found.