Church Music Director Sentenced For Arson

| March 11, 2010

(WIBW) – A former church music director will spend 12 and a half years in federal prison for setting fire to the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, Kan.

46-year old Carva Lee White of Kansas City, MO was sentenced Wednesday to 150 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $1,000 restitution to the church and $374,993 to Church Mutual Insurance Co., of Merrill, Wis.

White pleaded guilty to one count of attempted mail fraud and one count of using arson in an attempt to commit mail fraud.

In his plea, White admitted that on Oct. 31, 2008, he set fire to the church. About a week earlier, White had told the pastor of the church about a plan to burn the building and then collect kickbacks from contractors who would submit inflated bids to do repairs. The church’s insurance would pay for the repairs.

As a result of the fire, Church Mutual Insurance Company mailed a check to the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church for $103,236.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Leavenworth Kansas Police and Fire Departments, the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Department and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marietta Parker and David Smith all assisted in the case.

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