Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Virginia State News

July 8, 2013

Judge to rule this week on Va. mansion chef case

RICHMOND, Va. — A Richmond judge will rule later this week on whether to dismiss embezzlement charges against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef.

Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer heard arguments from Todd Schneider’s attorney and a special prosecutor on Monday.

Schneider faces four felony charges for allegedly taking food from the mansion kitchen. Schneider claims in court papers that Gov. Bob McDonnell required him to cater private events and take as payment the items he’s accused of stealing. He also claims McDonnell family members took items from the kitchen.

In a motion to dismiss, the defense argued that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should have withdrawn from the case early last year when Schneider told authorities about alleged wrongdoing by McDonnell and his family. Cuccinelli didn’t withdraw until after Schneider was indicted.

 

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