Agents then began investigating Crum on suspicion of mail fraud because of possible false campaign-finance disclosures, conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with arranging for Shafer to purchase signs for his campaign with cash she received illegally, and unlawfully possessing controlled substances or intending to deliver controlled substances, the warrant states.
Crum found out that White was talking to FBI agents, according to the warrant. To keep White quiet, county officials allegedly offered him a deal. If he switched to an attorney who was favored by Crum and Thornsbury, he would get a lighter sentence, according to federal prosecutors.
White was sentenced to 1 to 15 years in prison on drug charges earlier this year.
After Crum was shot and killed in April, he was remembered as a crusader who wanted to end the cycle of drug addiction in Mingo County. He started a crackdown, "Operation Zero Tolerance," which led to the indictment of 72 people on drug-related offenses and collected more than $75,000 in cash.
Sparks also has been charged in connection to the alleged scheme. He faces a maximum of one year in jail for allegedly depriving White of his constitutional rights. He resigned as prosecutor and agreed to surrender his law license after he was charged. His lawyer has said Sparks plans to plead guilty.
Baisden pleaded guilty to an unrelated federal charge and resigned earlier this month.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Ruby said Thursday that warrants are sealed to protect ongoing investigations.
"Most of the information in this warrant application has now been made public in other cases," Ruby said. "When that occurs, it's part of our routine housekeeping to notify the court that the search warrant application can be unsealed."
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