RICHMOND(AP) -- A Louisa County man is accused of swindling an imprisoned former Virginia legislator's family in a bogus pardon scheme.
WRIC-TV reports that Joseph Yancey faces six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses for allegedly scamming the family of former Delegate Phil Hamilton of Newport News, who is serving a 9 1/2-year prison sentence for bribery and extortion. Hamilton was convicted of soliciting a job at Old Dominion University that he helped create with taxpayer money.
Hamilton's ex-wife, Roxanne Burnett, tells the Richmond television station that Yancey convinced her that he was working to obtain a presidential pardon for Hamilton. She says she paid him more than $20,000 that she thought was going for legal fees.
Yancey is scheduled for arraignment May 8 in York County.