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Music director charged with fires at church

October 17, 2009

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— A Kansas City man is accused in an indictment unsealed Friday of setting fire to a Leavenworth church where he worked so he could collect insurance money.

A federal grand jury indicted 45-year-old Carva Lee White on 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.

The indictment accuses White of setting fires to the Sunflower Missionary Baptist Church on Oct. 30 and Oct. 31 last year. Prosecutors say he planned to persuade the church’s minister to file an insurance claim, then inflate the repair bill so he could embezzle the money.

The pastor was not charged in the indictment.

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