CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former Chapmanville insurance agent who assisted an arsonist in obtaining a fraudulent insurance policy has entered in a guilty plea.
According to a release from U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office, William Jamey Thompson, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud and aiding and abetting arson.
In November 2011, James Gregory Glick, 44, of Logan, arranged to have an office building located at 111 Stratton Street in Logan burned to collect more than $1 million in insurance proceeds.
According to the release, Glick in early January 2012 purchased the building for $50,000. Then on the night of February 1, 2012, he had Guy Miller, 39, of Logan, along with Shawn C. Simon, 41, of Charleston and Michael Williams, 44, of Logan, set the building on fire.
The release states that Glick then paid Thompson approximately $50,000 to obtain a fraudulently-inflated $1 million insurance policy from General Star Indemnity Company.
Thompson faces up to faces a minimum of seven years in prison when sentenced on March 24, 2014.