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Four people have pleaded not guilty to charges related to a federal arson investigation in Logan.

The indictment states Glick, a former Logan City Council member, operated 317 Steakhouse. In the Sept. 6 arraignment hearing, Glick's attorney Jim Cagle said Glick is not the owner of the steakhouse.

Glick's term in city council ended in 2011. Miller operated a Kirby vacuum sales and service business and the exotic dance club L.A.'s Finest. Thompson operated an independent insurance agency under the name Baisden and Associates.

The four appeared Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, where their trial was set for 9 a.m. Nov. 5.

Federal prosecutors assert from at least November 2011 until present, the four men and other unindicted people conspired to obtain money in the form of insurance proceeds from General Star Indemnity Company under false pretenses.

Court documents also assert the four were trying to make money by intentionally inflating the amount of insurance coverage provided for a building on 111 Stratton Street and then intentionally setting fire to the building in order to collect the insurance proceeds on a fire loss claim.

The indictment alleges Glick and an unnamed person agreed in November 2011 to have 111 Stratton Street intentionally burned to collect the insurance proceeds. Investigators say the unnamed person and Glick agreed to pay Thompson $75,000 to obtain an inflated insurance policy. The unnamed person and Glick split the insurance proceeds, the indictment asserts. 

Court documents assert the unnamed person bought 111 Stratton Street for $45,000 in December 2011. This person conveyed the property to Glick for $50,000. Thompson then applied for $1 million coverage on the building for commercial insurance including fire loss.

On February 1, 2012, the indictment further asserts, Miller and Simon aided and abetted others to spread gasoline on the main floor and set fire to 111 Stratton Street.

Thompson then submitted the insurance claim on behalf of Glick, who would receive $1,010,000 in insurance proceeds that investigators say he then shared with the others involved, federal prosecutors assert.

Charges against the group include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, arson conspiracy, use of fire to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, arson, obstruction of justice , unlawful monetary transactions and structuring.