Husband charged with intimidating witness in wife’s case

The husband of a woman facing welfare fraud charges has been arrested for allegedly trying to intimidate the witness in his wife’s case.

Kenneth Ray Fansler, 44, of Hambleton, is charged with two counts of intimidation of witnesses. He is currently free on bond.

According to a criminal complaint in Tucker County Magistrate Court, prepared by Chief Deputy E.C. Surguy of the Tucker County Sheriff’s Office, Fansler approached Amber Burns in the Pulp-Mill Bottom area of Parsons on June 1 to allegedly intimidate her regarding the court case involving his wife, ReNee.

ReNee Michelle Fansler, 32, was arraigned in May for alleged fraud with access devices, a felony.The criminal complaint alleges she used a food stamp card belonging to another person seven times from May 14 to 16. The complaint alleges Fansler also used the card to obtain money as payment for the victim “staying with her.” The case was bound over to Circuit Court during a hearing on June 5.

Four days earlier, Fansler allegedly tried to intimidate the alleged victim in the case, Burns, and later that day allegedly drove past her in his vehicle while “yelling at her out the window,” according to the complaint.

Fansler waived his right to a preliminary hearing June 11, and his case also has been bound over to the Circuit Court.

Fansler remains in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $70,000 cash only bond.