CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Logan County man was found guilty in connection with an arson in October 2009 that was planned to collect more than $80,000 in insurance claims, according to a news release issued Friday by U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin’s Office.
A federal jury found Michael L. White, 58, of Chapmanville, W.Va., guilty of all three counts charged against him: conspiracy to commit arson, arson and accessory after the fact.
Evidence at trial determined that White conspired with an acquaintance, Kimberly Dawn Kinder, and her now deceased husband to set fire to a residential rental unit owned by White that was located in Van, Boone County, W.Va.
Kimberly Dawn Kinder, 46, of Chapmanville, Logan County, W.Va., previously pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy in June 2012. White and the Kinders conspired together to set fire to the duplex in order to collect insurance claims.
The Van Volunteer Fire Department later responded to the incident and extinguished the fire, but the property suffered severe damage. Afterward, White filed an insurance claim with Nationwide Insurance Company (“Nationwide”) as a result of the fire. Nationwide in turn paid White $80,716.51.
White subsequently paid the Kinders a total of approximately $2,000 in small increments as payment for their role in the conspiracy.
White faces up to five years in prison on Count One (conspiracy); five to 20 years on Count Two (arson); and up to two and a half years on Count Three (accessory after the fact) when he is sentenced in August by United States District Judge Thomas E. Johnston.
Kinder faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced.