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Family accused in insurance fraud scheme after burning homes down


were involved in a scheme to buy two homes and burn them down to collect insurance money totaling more than $556,000. The Lester family owned Lester Home Center, Inc. and Lester Mobile Home Sales, Inc. out of Ikes Fork, Wyoming County. In the indictment ...


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WYOMING COUNTY, WVa(WVVA) -- Federal prosecutors shut down two local businesses, seized the property, and charged the owners with insurance fraud. According to court documents obtained by WVVA, Windel Lester, 66, his ex-wife Georgetta Lester, 41, sons James Lester, 47, and Gregory Lester, 40, were involved in a scheme to buy two homes and burn them down to collect insurance money totaling more than $556,000. The Lester family owned Lester Home Center, Incand Lester Mobile Home Sales, Incout of Ikes Fork, Wyoming County. In the indictment, U.SAttorney Carol Casto stated the family purchased a home on Smokeless Road in Matoaka, WV in August 2012 for $38,000 and immediately took out an insurance policy covering “approximately $196,000 for the dwelling and $147,000 for contents, personal property, and replacement costs.” In December of that year, the home burned to the groundCasto stated that James Lester and another man used unscented candle oil and set fire to the bedroom and kitchen. According to Casto, in April 2013, a piece of property was purchased in Cabell County for $72,500 and a large amount of insurance coverage was obtainedThe property was burned down in MayCasto stated that carboard boxes soaked with unscented candle oil was used to start the fire.

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