Former Bedford Co. Supervisor Charged With Embezzlement

Bedford Co., VA - A former Bedford County Supervisor has been arrested and charged with embezzlement.

State police officials say Earl Anthony Ware has been charged with seven counts of embezzlement and seven counts of money laundering.

The charges stem from Ware's connection to the Big Island Fire Department and the estate of a woman named Hattie Routon.

The fire department confirmed that Ware was treasurer for the department but was removed from that position in December.

The Botetourt County Commonwealth's Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor in this case.