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UPDATE: Ex-Chef at Va. Governor's Mansion Enters Plea

By: AP
By: AP

The former chef at Virginia

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Joe Mahoney / Associated Press

Sept. 18, 2013

UPDATE 3:06 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The former chef at Virginia's Executive Mansion has agreed to a misdemeanor charge that he stole food from the first family's kitchen, avoiding a politically embarrassing trial weeks before the state's gubernatorial election.

Todd Schneider entered a no contest plea Wednesday to two misdemeanor embezzlement charges. He was ordered to serve six months in jail on each charge, with the time suspended. He also was ordered to make restitution of $2,300 to the state for the food he took.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney representing a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef charged with stealing from the home's kitchen says an agreement has been reached in the case.

Attorney Steve Benjamin said Wednesday that a "favorable resolution" has been reached in the case against Todd Schneider. Benjamin refused to provide further details. The prosecutor in the case refused to comment because parties are under a gag order.

The agreement will be presented in court Wednesday.

Schneider faces four felony counts of embezzlement.

The case against Schneider brought to light allegations of misconduct against Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family. Schneider told investigators the first family took undisclosed gifts from a wealthy donor, took items from the kitchen and that the governor required him and other state employees to work private and political events.


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