The firm appointed by the state to represent Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has billed the state $53,530 from late April through May 31 for legal work related to a criminal case alleging embezzlement by the former chef at the governor's mansion, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday.
The attorney general's office appointed the Eckert Seamans firm because Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) said he had a conflict of interest in the case.
The chef, Todd Schneider, faces four felony charges for allegedly stealing food from the kitchen. But he said in court papers that McDonnell required him to cater private events and take the items he's accused of stealing as payment. He also said McDonnell family members took items from the kitchen.
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