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Todd Schneider is accused of stealing food and supplies from the Executive Mansion.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
During his two-year, state-salaried tenure at Virginia’s Executive Mansion, chef Todd Schneider was paid to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family.
Instead, he ended up as the first family’s “personal shopper and private caterer” — called upon to perform duties “far beyond the scope” of his employment for which he was not paid, according to a filing by his lawyers in the embezzlement case against him.
The filing, a response to a brief opposing Schneider’s motion to dismiss the charges against him, expounds upon Schneider’s contention that the McDonnells violated state law by hosting “private, personal and political events” at the mansion using state funds and state employees.
The filing references a chart provided to investigators by mansion director Sarah Scarborough listing “numerous non-state events for which Todd Schneider was forced to provide chef and catering services, the majority of which were events hosted by the governor’s political action committee” between 2010 and early February, 2012.
The events include Republican Party of Virginia Leadership Receptions, Movement Conservative Events and even the Christmas party for the governor’s former law firm, Huff, Poole and Mahoney.
Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s spokesman, said of Schneider’s filing: “These are claims made by an individual facing four felony charges of embezzlement. Assertions regarding this matter should be properly considered in a court of law.”
Schneider is charged with four felony counts of embezzlement, alleging that he stole food and supplies from the mansion to finance his private catering operation. The chef maintains that he was told to take food from the mansion in lieu of payment for the catering services he provided that were not covered.
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