The Associated Press reports that Richmond Circuit Court Judge Margaret Spencer today refused to dismiss embezzlement charges against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider. He had argued that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, whose office was to investigate Schneider’s own allegations about practices at the mansion, had a conflict of interests and that as a result the charges should be dropped.
The judge’s decision clears the way for a trial in mid-October, just three weeks before election day.Schneider is accused of pilfering food from the mansion kitchen when he worked as the chef for Gov. Bob McDonnell and the governor’s family. Schneider claims he was told to take supplies from the mansion kitchen as payment for catering private and political events. He also claims McDonnell family members took items from the mansion kitchen.
Last week, McDonnell reimbursed the state nearly $2,400 for items taken by his children.