Arrest made on wanted former husband of Waverly native killed in house fire

By Gary Scott on May 19, 2015 at 8:24am

A man with local connections has been arrested by the FBI in Damascus, Virginia.

Fifty-three-year-old James Hammes was arrested on Saturday, wanted since 2009 on federal charges he embezzled nearly $9 million from a Kentucky bottling plant for Pepsi. That’s according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Hammes was a former controller for Pepsi who disappeared after being interviewed about allegations he opened a fake bank account and put millions of dollars of company money into it.

Hammes was married to Joy Hammes of Waverly, who died in a fire in Lexington in 2003. Investigators determined the fire was an accident after family members raised suspicions about James Hammes’ involvement.

Hammes is to be returned to Ohio to face charges in federal court.