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Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 04/07/2011

Fraud, embezzlement indictment for Va. ATF agent

A special agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been accused of taking items under his control and converting them for personal use.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a grand jury has charged 43-year-old Clifford Dean Posey of Chesapeake in a 20-count indictment with wire fraud, embezzlement, making false statements and money laundering.

The alleged crimes occurred during the course of Posey’s official duties.

The indictment says the items involved included firearms, tobacco products and U.S. currency.

It alleges Posey, a Norfolk special agent who was involved in an undercover tobacco investigation, stole cigarettes and sold them, retained the proceeds and failed to report the transactions. He also is accused of submitting false receipts and reports to the ATF concerning firearms.

By The Associated Press  |  04:47 PM ET, 04/07/2011

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