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Former supervisor pleads no contest to embezzlement

Wednesday - 1/16/2013, 10:08am  ET

BEDFORD, Va. (AP) - A former Bedford County supervisor faces up to 120 years in prison after pleading no contest to embezzlement and money laundering charges.

Media outlets report that 66-year-old Earl Anthony Ware entered his pleas Tuesday in Bedford County Circuit Court. Sentencing is set for April 8.

Ware was accused of taking money from a benefit fund set up for a family whose mother died. He also was accused of taking money from the Big Island Volunteer Fire Department.

Under the plea agreement, Ware is to pay $295,000 in restitution.

He was a member of the Board of Supervisors for more than 20 years before he lost a re-election bid in 2004.

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