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Woman sentenced for pawning Longaberger baskets

November 16, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 30-year-old woman accused of pawning 100 Longaberger baskets that her husband took from a Martinsburg resident received five years of probation and was sentenced Monday by a 23rd Judicial Circuit judge to complete 200 hours of community service.

Tina M. McDaniel, of Ranson, W.Va., who pleaded guilty to one felony count of obtaining money by false pretenses, also was ordered by Judge Gray Silver III to pay $1,023 in restitution. A one- to 10-year prison sentence was suspended.

McDaniel's husband, Gerald Allen McDaniel, 34, is currently behind bars for his role in the basket theft in November 2008. All but 13 of the Longaberger baskets, valued at $1,023, were recovered by police, authorities have said.

Gerald McDaniel allegedly told the victim that the baskets were a birthday gift for his wife.

Tina McDaniel pawned the baskets on Dec. 2, 2008, two days after her husband got them, police have said.

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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 requesting the same thing, police have said.

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.

-- Matthew Umstead

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