CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Another former leader of a Mingo County courtroom admitted breaking the law Monday, becoming the fourth official to plead guilty to federal charges in recent weeks.
Ex-Magistrate Dallas “Big Dal” Toler, 45, pleaded guilty to a charge of knowingly helping a person on probation for a felony register and vote in the 2012 election. It’s illegal for someone on probation for a felony to vote in West Virginia.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said Monday he believes the epidemic of political corruption in Mingo County has probably been stopped as a result of recent efforts by his office and others.
Goodwin was in a federal courtroom Monday morning when former Mingo County Magistrate Dallas Toler pleaded guilty to federal vote fraud. Toler is the fourth now former Mingo County elected official to plead guilty to various charges in recent months.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Dallas Toler repeatedly stroked his face, as if trying to wipe away what was taking place in the courtroom.
Toler, the former chief magistrate in Mingo County, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston to one count of voter-registration fraud.
“In other words, did you do it?” Judge Thomas Johnston asked Toler.
“Yes, sir,” he responded.
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 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.