CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A former Mingo County magistrate is scheduled to be in U.S. District Court in Charleston Monday to plead guilty to a federal voter fraud charge.

Dallas Toler allegedly knowingly registered a convicted criminal to vote last year.

Toler will be the fourth former Mingo County elected official to plead guilty to a federal charge as part of a larger investigation focused on corruption in Mingo County.

He resigned from his position in October around the time he was named in a federal information filing.

Former Mingo County Circuit Judge Michael Thornsbury and former Mingo County Commissioner David Baisden will be sentenced in January on separate charges.

Last month, former Mingo County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Sparks plead guilty to violating a man’s Constitutional rights and will be sentenced in February.¬† Sparks participated in a conspiracy, with Thornsbury and Baisden, to protect last Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum.

Toler’s plea hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday.

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  • jag

    I didn't realize the magistrate does the voter registration. Guess it is different in Mingo county. Isn't that the job of the County Clerk office????

  • Wanda Carney

    They need to look at law enforcement. That is who they used to come after me. They wanted me out of Mingo County. Read the transcripts. If the Supreme Court would have heard my case it all would have come out then. Lot more there then people know.

  • WV Patriot

    You think they plead guilty so fast as to keep more of their crimes from coming out??? How come the State Troopers and other police aren't being charged??? This is just a sham to protect the police who were actually doing the crimes!!! The FBI needs to do more but are they just protecting their law enforcement buddies like they always do???


    Absolutely correct!

  • Jim Donnan

    Yep, this is definitely another WV Democrat leader going to jail for Federal election fraud.

    Odds are, he will be the subject of the next Sandy Wells InnerViews piece in the Gazette.

  • Aaron

    There is only 1 political party in Southern WV.

  • wv4evah

    It would be helpful if the article mentioned which, if any, political party Toler belonged to.

  • Tim C

    A bunch of crooked democrats in Mingo Co.