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Church leader accused of arson

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A church music director in Kansas has been indicted by a federal

grand jury after he allegedly set fire to his Leavenworth church.

According to the Kansas City Star, court records show Carva Lee

White, 45, is facing three counts of mail fraud, two counts of using

arson to commit a federal felony and one count of making a false

statement to a federal investigator.

Authorities say White wanted to collect insurance money from the

fires for inflated repair bills. The insurance company paid out about

$109,000, according to the indictment.

The pastor was not charged in the indictment, and the indictment

did not indicate whether White actually pocketed any money.

The indictment accused White of setting fire to the Sunflower

Missionary Baptist Church on two separate days while he worked as the

church’s music director.

He had planned to persuade the pastor to file an insurance claim,

collect the money, help inflate the repair bill and then embezzle the

money, according to the indictment.

Federal authorities said White lied when he told them that he was

in Fayetteville, Ark., at the time of the arson and told authorities he

couldn’t imagine anyone torching the church.

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