A federal grand jury in Richmond indicted former state Del. Phillip A. Hamilton today on charges of bribery and extortion.
Hamilton lost his seat in the House and on the powerful Appropriations Committee in 2009 after disclosures that he sought an appropriation of $500,000, reduced from an original request for $1 million, to establish a center at Old Dominion University to train teachers for success in urban school environments.
Today’s indictment closely tracks those disclosures, including his request for at least $38,000 a year to serve as director of the center if ODU received the appropriation. According to the indictment, Hamilton was paid at least $80,000 after he obtained the appropriation and the center was founded. In addition to seeking the convictions on the criminal charges, the indictment seeks a forfeiture from Hamilton of at least $80,000.
Hamilton is scheduled to be in federal court tomorrow in Norfolk, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
By Alan Cooper