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Va. Taxpayers Continue to Pay Legal Bills for Gov. McDonnell's Defense


Nov. 15, 2013

New documents show that taxpayers have now paid more than $570,000 for legal bills related to a criminal case involving the former chef at Virginia's governor's mansion and a related gift-giving investigation.

The additional legal fees are for two firms retained by the State Attorney General's Office to represent Governor Bob McDonnell in the case.

The latest legal bills cover work performed in July, August and September. The bill for that stretch was $331,165. That is atop more than $243,000 previously billed the state.

McDonnell has separate legal counsel that is being paid through a legal defense fund set up for the governor. No tax dollars are being spent on that.

The case involving the former chef at the Executive Mansion ended in September when Todd Schneider pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of embezzlement. Outside counsel was appointed by the attorney general's office because it said it faced conflicts in the case.


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