Former West Virginia Insurance Agent Admits Role in Arson

December 16, 2013

A federal prosecutor says a former insurance agent has admitted to his role in an arson scheme in Logan, W.Va.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin says 44-year-old William Janey Thompson pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aiding and abetting arson and a conspiracy charge Thursday in federal court in Charleston.

Goodwin says Thompson accepted a $50,000 payment from former Logan city council member James Glick to help Glick collect a $1 million insurance policy after a vacant office building was set afire in February 2012.

Glick and businessman Guy R. Miller previously pleaded guilty to arson, conspiracy and other charges.

Thompson faces up to seven years in prison. Sentencing is set for March 24.

Glick and Miller face at least seven years apiece. They face sentencing Feb. 19.

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