Extortion

Cash Kickbacks
3:42 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Ten Charged in Logan County Extortion Scheme

U.S. Prosecuting Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the charged Friday in Charleston.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Federal charges have been filed against ten southern West Virginia men in connection with a pay-to-play scheme at a Logan County mine.

U.S. Prosecuting Attorney Booth Goodwin announced the filings in Charleston Friday which involved an elaborate extortion scheme surrounding the Mountain Laurel Mining Complex owned by Arch Coal.

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Mingo Corruption
11:52 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ex-Mingo Commissioner Sentenced to 20 Months

Credit Ashton Marra

A former Mingo County commissioner has been sentenced to more than a year in prison on a federal extortion charge.
 
     David Baisden received a 20-month sentence Wednesday in federal court in Charleston.
 
     He pleaded guilty in October to trying to buy tires for his personal vehicle at a government discount in 2009, then terminating the county's contract with Appalachian Tire when it refused to cooperate.
 

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