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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A federal jury has convicted a Logan County man of burning his duplex to collect insurance money.

U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Thursday that 58-year-old Michael L. White of Chapmanville was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson, arson and accessory after the fact. White faces a maximum of 27 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced in August.

White was accused of conspiring with Kimberly Dawn Kinder and her now-deceased husband to set fire to a rental unit he owned in Boone County. Evidence showed that after the October 2009 fire, White collected more than $80,000 in insurance claims and paid the Kinder about $2,000.

The 46-year-old Kimberly Kinder, also from Chapmanville, has pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy and faces up to five years in prison.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. –A federal jury sitting in Charleston today found a Logan County man guilty in connection with an October 2009 arson that was organized in an effort to collect more than $80,000 in insurance claims, announced U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin.
 
A federal jury found Michael L. White, 58, of Chapmanville, Logan County guilty on 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. 
 
Late in the evening on October 15, 2009, the Kinders arrived at the Van Duplex.  After entering through one of the rental units, Mr. Kinder poured gasoline on a pile of clothes in the living area of one of the units.  Mr. Kinder set fire to the pile of clothes and Mrs. Kinder drove the getaway vehicle.
 
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. 
 
The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ryan and Larry Ellis handled the prosecution. 
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