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Hearing date set for man charged in pardon scam

Wednesday - 5/8/2013, 5:00pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A June 26 preliminary hearing has been set for a Louisa County man charged with swindling an imprisoned former state legislator's family in a bogus pardon scheme.

Joseph Yancey faces six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. He appeared briefly Wednesday in York County 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 1/2-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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