EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSLogan Arson Investigation Continues To Unravel
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Sep. 4, 2013 10:47 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 5, 2013 3:16 AM EDT
Logan , Logan County , West Virginia
Four people are facing federal charges for allegedly scheming to inflate the value of a downtown Logan building to more than 20 times its actual worth, and then setting it on fire to collect a million dollars in insurance money.
A federal indictment unsealed Tuesday names Greg Glick, a former Logan city councilman as the ring leader, who worked with Guy Miller, Shawn Simon, and Jamey Thompson to pull off the scheme, which resulted in a downtown Logan building being gutted by fire.
More charges will likely follow, with a current Logan city councilman in the thick of it.
In addition to the four people already charged in the arson and fraud case, three other unnamed suspects are mentioned in the federal indictment. Putting some pieces together, with supporting court records, you can peg two of them. One is a current city council member, and the indictment accuses them of conspiring to pull of the fraud, while ordering others to set the downtown building on fire.
Greg Glick owns 317 Steakhouse in downtown Logan and a new parking lot across the street. The parking area was once home to a building, which was intentionally set on fire in February 2012. Glick's now among those facing charges related to the arson and the coverup that followed to get insurance money. He bought the property less than a month before the fire---from Jamil Allie for $50,000. In the federal indictment, Allie's identified as "known person one," who operates a realty and appraisal business with a "known person two". That makes the second person his brother: Logan city councilman Mike Allie.
The indictment alleges Glick split part of the insurance proceeds after the fire with Jamil Allie. It continues to imply Glick and Jamil agreed to have Allie's brother Mike ask Guy Miller, also charged in the case, to set the fire.
Eyewitness News went to the Allies' home/office to talk with them about their involvement.
We asked, "Are you Mike or Jamil Allie?"
The person answering said, "No".
We then asked, "Are either of them here?"
Again, the person said, "No."
But a couple of neighbors later told us that man who came to the door, was Mike Allie. Sure enough, Wednesday evening, Mike Allie's attorney called Eyewitness News. He says Allie is cooperating with the investigation, but didn't want to make any further comment.
While Allie doesn't have much to say about what's going on, the mayor and fellow city council members say he's only been at one of the last several meetings, even though his home and business are right down the street from city hall.
City officials are just left scratching their heads.
"If somebody does something stupid like this just to line their pockets, it's really sad," Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti said.
It leaves those in Logan to hope all those responsible will be punished, and learn their lesson.
"People put their trust in these folks, but folks, they can go wrong. But you've got to pay for it.," Logan City council member Ken Lee said.
Mike and Jamil Allie have not yet been criminally charged for their alleged involvement in this arson, insurance fraud scheme. Meanwhile, all of the businesses whose owners are facing charges are still operating, but their employees aren't talking about the investigation.
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