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Former insurance employee convicted of embezzlement

A former employee of Fry, Jordan & Wilson Insurance Agency was convicted Wednesday in Halifax County Circuit Court of two counts of embezzlement.


Edward M. Hamlet, a 59-year-old Halifax resident, was convicted of two charges of felony embezzlement following a bench trial.

Hamlet was arraigned on six embezzlement charges, with Acting Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Freshour moving to nol pros one charge during the trial.

Judge Leslie M. Osborn dismissed three embezzlement charges against Hamlet on a motion by defense attorney Joseph Teefey, with the court convicting the defendant on two counts.

The charges for which Hamlet was convicted involved the embezzlement of approximately $730 and $3,333 in funds belonging to Fry, Jordan & Wilson, according to Freshour.

Sentencing for Hamlet was continued to a date in the current court term.

Hamlet was charged in November 2011 with six felony embezzlement counts, according to an indictment handed down by a Halifax County Circuit Court Grand Jury.

The alleged offenses occurred June 10, 2008, May 12, 2010, Jan. 19, 2011, April 28, 2011, Jan. 2, 2011 and May 2, 2011, according to court records.