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Former police chief charged with felony embezzlement of public funds

Buena Vista Police Department

The former chief of a Virginia police department is facing embezzlement charges and could spend up to a decade behind bars if convicted.

Former Buena Vista Police Chief Richard Hartman, who retired December 1, surrendered peacefully to Virginia State Police on December 16, and was released on bond shortly after.

Hartman has been charged with one count of felony embezzlement of public funds, specifically “Misuse of Public Assets.”

“As this is a continuing matter the City cannot comment on it at this time other than to say the City is aware of the arrest of the former Chief and that we have been fully cooperative with the State Police and will continue to do so,” the City of Buena Vista said in a statement.

According to WDBJ, a special prosecutor has been called from Giles County.

If convicted, Hartman could see anywhere from two to ten years in prison and/or up to a $10,000 fine.

The city manager is currently looking for a new chief.


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