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CHARLESTON, WV -

Two Logan men entered guilty pleas in federal court in connection with an arson scheme, officials said.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the two men pleaded guilty of arson and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.

James Gregory Glick, 44, and co-defendant Guy R. Miller, 39, both of Logan, pleaded guilty to conducting unlawful monetary transactions and structuring currency transactions in connection with the scheme.

In November 2011, Glick arranged to have an office building located at 111 Stratton Street in Logan burned to collect more than $1 million in insurance proceeds. In late December of the same year, the building was purchased by a known person for $45,000. The owner at the time immediately sold the property to Glick in early January 2012 for $50,000.

During the scheme, Glick paid William Jamey Thompson, 44, and independent insurance agent from Chapmanville, about $50,000 to obtain a fraudulently-inflated $1 million insurance police from General Star Indemnity Company.

On Feb. 1, 2012, Guy Miller and Shawn C. Simon, of Charleston, along with another associated worked together to set the fire by spreading gasoline throughout the main floor of the building.

Glick made illegal transactions of more than $10,000 from the Logan Bank and Trust on more than nine occasions, officials said. He also structured more than $170,000 from accounts of LB&T during the conspiracy.

Glick faces a minimum of seven years in prison after his sentencing set for Feb. 19, 2014.

Miller, who also pleaded guilty Thursday, participated in an ocxycodone distribution conspiracy in and around Logan County during the spring of 2011. In the weeks following July 3, 2011, Miller made several trips to Florida to illegal obtain more than 1,000 oxycodone pills.

He faces a minimum of seven years in prison after sentencing on Feb. 19, 2014.

The plea hearings for Thompson and Simon are set for Thursday, Nov. 7.

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police and IRS officials along with assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ryan.

The case was prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the U.S. Attorney's Office in southern West Virginia.