Charleston man faces 20 years for fraud
A Charleston man who admitted to being part of an insurance scheme in Logan County could spend up to 20 years in federal prison.
Shawn Simon, 41, pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction of justice before U.S. District Judge Thomas Johnston.
He initially was indicted on a slew of other charges but they were dropped per his plea agreement, according to court records.
James Glick, 44, and Guy Miller, 39, pleaded guilty to arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the scheme Wednesday.
Glick, a former city councilman, arranged in November 2011 to have the building at 111 Stratton St. burned to collect the $1 million insurance payout. The building was across the street from his steakhouse.
A person known to authorities bought the building for $45,000 in December then turned around and sold it to Glick in January for $50,000. Glick then paid a Chapmanville insurance agent, William Jamey Thompson, 44, $50,000 to obtain an inflated $1 million insurance policy on the building from General Star Indemnity Co.
Simon told authorities that he was present when the building was set on fire. He said Glick realized that the security video from his steakhouse showed the three entering and leaving the office building. Simon took the video and threw it into a local river, destroying it.
Simon faces up to 20 years in prison and three years supervised release when he is sentenced on Feb. 20.
A plea hearing for Thompson set for Thursday was continued to a later date.