March 10, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell has reimbursed the state nearly $2,400 for food and supplies taken by his children from the Virginia Executive Mansion kitchen.
Most of the items were given to three McDonnell children when they returned to college after weekend or holiday visits. In a memo accompanying the check, McDonnell says his lawyer has advised him that the practice is not prohibited by state guidelines and may have been customary for governors with college-age children.
Virginia Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider has accused the governor's family of wrongdoing for taking items from the kitchen. Schneider made the allegations in court papers as he fights four felony counts of embezzlement for allegedly taking food from the mansion for use in his catering business. A judge refused to dismiss those charges Monday.