Appalachian Tire still refused.
Around June 12, 2009, the indictment states, Baisden left a voicemail message for the store's manager threatening that commissioners would stop purchasing tires with the company if it didn't sell him the tires at the discounted price.
The company didn't respond to the alleged threat, according to the indictment.
In turn, the commissioner terminated Appalachian Tire's business relationship with the commission and switched to a different tire supplier, according to the indictment.
Baisden has caused Appalachian Tire "tens of thousands of dollars since 2009," U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said.
Goodyear has a contract with the state. Appalachian Tire is a local distributor of Goodyear.
Discounts for tires for government vehicles can range from 45 to 52 percent, based on the tire's size and other things, according to Jeri Whitehead, director of purchasing for the Kanawha County Commission.
Prior to being elected commissioner in 2009, Baisden was the assessor in Mingo County.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State Police are conducting the investigation. Steven Ruby, assistant U.S. attorney, is in charge of the prosecution.
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