Lawyer: Deal reached in Va. gov mansion chef case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attorney representing a former chef at the Virginia governor’s mansion who was charged with stealing from the home’s kitchen says an agreement has been reached.

Attorney Steve Benjamin said Wednesday a “favorable resolution” has been reached in the case against Todd Schneider. Benjamin refused to provide further details. The prosecutor refused to comment, citing 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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