Man accused of swindling ex-Va. lawmaker's family

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Associated Press

Posted on April 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 27 at 12:20 AM

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.
 

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