RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Louisa County man faces arraignment on charges of swindling an imprisoned former state legislator's family in a bogus pardon scheme.
Joseph Yancey is charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. A hearing is set for Wednesday in York-Poquoson General District Court.
Yancey is accused of scamming the family of former Del. Phillip A. Hamilton of Newport News. Hamilton was convicted of bribery and extortion after soliciting a job at Old Dominion University that he helped create with taxpayer money. He's serving a 9.5-year prison sentence.
Yancey allegedly tricked Hamilton's ex-wife into believing he was working to obtain a presidential pardon for the former lawmaker. The woman says she paid Yancey more than $20,000 that she thought was going for legal fees.
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