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Hearing delayed in ex-lawmaker pardon scam case

Wednesday - 6/26/2013, 4:10pm  ET

YORKTOWN, Va. (AP) -- A preliminary hearing has been postponed for a Louisa County man accused of swindling an imprisoned former state legislator's family in a bogus pardon scheme.

Joseph Yancey's hearing was scheduled for Wednesday in York County General District Court. It was rescheduled for July 3.

The 52-year-old Yancey is charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretenses. Yancey allegedly scammed the family of former Del. Phillip Hamilton, who was convicted of bribery and extortion after soliciting a job at Old Dominion University that he helped create with taxpayer money. Hamilton is serving a 9 1/2-year prison sentence.

Hamilton's ex-wife has said she paid Yancey more than $20,000 to bankroll what turned out to be a fraudulent bid to obtain a presidential pardon for the former Newport News lawmaker.

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