Logan Man Sentenced fo Obstrucing $1 Million Arson Investigation

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A man from Logan has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for his role in an arson that destroyed a building in downtown Logan in February 2012.

Phillip Wayne Workman, 36, of Logan, was sentenced for obstructing a joint state and federal arson investigation during a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.

The building destroyed in the arson was in 100 block of Stratton Street in Logan.

Federal prosecutors say that although four individuals—James Gregory Glick, Guy R. Miller, Shawn C. Simon and William Jamey Thompson—pled guilty to their respective roles in the conspiracy to burn the property for the $1 million insurance policy, Workman obstructed that investigation by providing false information to law enforcement and accusing other innocent individuals of conspiring to burn down the building.

They say Workman went so far as to stage a fake secret meeting with an individual in an attempt to corroborate his claims.

During his plea hearing back in October, Workman admitted that he completely fabricated the meeting, thereby obstructing and jeopardizing the arson and insurance fraud investigation.

Glick, 44, of Logan, will be sentenced on March 13.

Miller, 39, of Logan, and Simon, 41, Charleston, will be sentenced on March 20.

Thompson, 44, of Chapmanville, will be sentenced on March 24.

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