March 11, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Richmond judge is set to hear arguments on whether embezzlement charges against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef should be dismissed.
The hearing before Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer is set for Monday afternoon.
Todd 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 argues that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli should have bowed out of the case early last year when Schneider told authorities about alleged wrongdoing by McDonnell and his family. Cuccinelli didn't withdraw from the case until after Schneider was indicted.