It states Baisden is in violation of Title 18 of the U.S Code, section 1951.
That section defines extortion as the "obtaining of property from another, with his consent, induced by wrongful use of actual or threatened force, violence, or fear, or under color of official right."
At no point did Baisden actually receive a discount, the indictment repeatedly states.
The hammer incident
Last year, Baisden was involved in an incident that left two men dead and Baisden's half-brother seriously injured.
On Oct. 12, Baisden's half-brother, Alfred Curry, 73, got into a fight with his roommate, Phillip Gilman, 43, at their house in Elk Creek near Delbarton.
Gilman attacked Curry with a hammer, chasing the older man into the road outside their home. A passing motorist found Curry and called Baisden.
The county commissioner arrived a short time later in his county-owned Ford F250 pickup. When he jumped out to tend to his brother, Gilman got in the driver's seat and took off, running over Curry as he sped away.
Gilman returned a short time later - parking the truck over Curry's body - and then got into a fight with Baisden, who fired his gun at the ground in an attempt to scare Gilman away.
Gilman ran off, but when police found him a short time later, he charged at them with his hammer. Officers gave Gilman multiple commands to stop, to put his hands up, to get on the ground and to drop the hammer.
He didn't, and officers opened fire. Gilman was killed at the scene.
U.S. Marshals led Baisden into U.S. Magistrate Dwane Tinsley's courtroom in chains Thursday afternoon. Baisden, who was represented by Charleston attorney Jim Cagle, was released on $10,000 unsecured bond.
He was ordered not to have any contact with witnesses in the case, which initially included Mingo commissioners John Mark Hubbard and Greg "Hootie" Smith, but Cagle argued that Baisden retained his duty to the people as an elected official and still had to attend commission meetings.
Steve Ruby, counsel to the U.S. Attorney, said he had no problem with Baisden having contact with Hubbard and Smith, as long as they didn't speak of the case, which Tinsley approved.
Baisden is due back in court at 10 a.m. Wednesday for arraingment. He remains a county commissioner.
Writers Dave Boucher and Ashley B. Craig contributed to this report.