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An investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation resulted in the indictment and arrest of Earl Anthony (Tony) Ware of Big Island in Bedford County on June 7. Ware is a former member of the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.
Ware was arrested on seven counts of embezzlement and seven counts of money laundering. The charges stemmed from Ware’s connection to the Big Island Fire Department and the estate of Hattie Routon. Joel Branscom, Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney has been appointed as the special prosecutor in the case.
The investigation has been ongoing since December 2011. Ware is currently being held in the Bedford County Jail in lieu of a $ 20,000 bond.