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Wife charged in baskets scheme

February 12, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The wife of a Jefferson County, W.Va., man accused of swindling 100 Longaberger baskets from a Martinsburg woman was arraigned Monday on a charge alleging she pawned the handcrafted valuables, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Tina Marie McDaniel, 29, of P.O. Box 101, Ranson, W.Va., was charged with one felony count of accessory after the fact to fraudulent schemes. She was arraigned by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, who set a $3,500 bond, records show.

McDaniel's husband, Gerald Allen McDaniel, 33, was arraigned last month on one count of obtaining goods by false pretense, and remains in Eastern Regional Jail on the felony count and other unrelated charges.

In a complaint filed in magistrate court against Tina McDaniel, State Police Trooper R.D. Eshbaugh said she knew her husband fraudulently acquired the baskets, which her husband allegedly told the victim were a birthday gift for his wife.

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Tina McDaniel pawned them Dec. 2, 2008, two days after her husband got them from the victim, Eshbaugh said in his complaint.

The victim told police that Tina McDaniel began calling her, asking for more time to pay for the baskets after Gerald McDaniel first called her asking for the same thing, Eshbaugh said in his complaint.

The victim told police she believed she would be paid $4,000 for the baskets after Gerald McDaniel signed a handwritten promissory note on Nov. 30, 2008, according to court records.

The baskets were pawned in Martinsburg for $1,100, but were recovered and returned to the victim, according to the complaint.

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