CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A federal search warrant has revealed that a West Virginia sheriff was being investigated by the FBI for alleged money laundering in the weeks before his death.
Media outlets report that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was under investigation for arranging to buy campaign signs with cash obtained from a doctor convicted of running a pill mill.
According to the warrant, Dr. Diane Shafer paid hundreds of thousands in cash to George White for making Crum's campaign signs. The search warrant issued to search Crum's phone was unsealed last week.
Shafer pleaded guilty to misusing her Drug Enforcement Administration registration number.
Crum was shot to death last spring as he sat in his police cruiser in downtown Williamson.
The FBI also was investigating whether Crum committed mail fraud.