Ex-Mingo official agrees to pay $7,700 restitution

CHARLESTON (AP) — A former Mingo County commissioner who pleaded guilty to a federal extortion charge has agreed to pay $7,700 in restitution to two tire companies.

David Baisden 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.

Federal prosecutors say Baisden cost Appalachian Tire tens of thousands of dollars.

The Charleston Gazette reports the agreement reached Thursday calls for Baisden to make monthly restitution payments over three years to Appalachian Tire and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Baisden is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 29 in federal court in Charleston.

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