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Former Virginia Delegate Joseph Yost indicted on embezzlement charges in Giles County

Yost served District 12 from 2012-2016

A former Virginia delegate has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement by a Giles County grand jury.

GILES COUNTY, Va. – A former Virginia delegate has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement by a Giles County grand jury.

Joseph Yost, who represented Virginia’s 12th District from 2012-2016, was arrested on Wednesday on the four felony charges.

According to court records, Jan. 1, 2019; July 1, 2019; Dec. 1, 2019 and Aug. 1, 2020 are the offense dates of charges against him.

Each felony charge is for embezzlement of more than $200.

The Giles County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office has brought in a special prosecutor, Joshua Elrod, the Buena Vista Commonwealth’s Attorney, to oversee the case.

When 10 News reached out to Chris Tuck, Yost’s lawyer, he had no comment.

Yost’s next hearing is scheduled for February 2 in Giles County Circuit Court. That hearing may or may not happen if a plea deal is made.


About the Authors:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.

Jeff Williamson arrived at WSLS 10 in March 2016.