Former Virginia Delegate Joseph Yost pleads guilty to 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 pleaded guilty to the four counts of embezzlement he faced in Giles County.

Joseph Yost, who represented Virginia’s 12th District from 2012-2016, was sentenced to four years total in prison, a year on each count; however, the judge suspended the entire sentence, so Yost will not serve any jail time.

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

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

Each charge was for embezzlement of more than $200.

Yost initially faced felony charges; however, the charges were downgraded from felony to misdemeanor.

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.


We initially reported that Joseph Yost faced felony charges and have since corrected it to reflect that he faced misdemeanor charges.