Former Va. Executive Mansion Chef Indicted

Todd Schneider was dismissed last year

Thursday, Mar 28, 2013  |  Updated 3:25 PM EDT
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A spokesman for Bob McDonnell's administration said that no background check was performed on former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider.

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The former chef at Virginia's executive mansion has been indicted on four felony counts of embezzlement.

Todd Schneider was arrested Thursday by Virginia State Police on the indictments handed up last week in Richmond Circuit Court.

Schneider became the chef at the executive mansion in 2010 shortly after Gov. Bob McDonnell and his family took residence there. He put on administrative leave last February and dismissed the following month after a state police inquiry began into irregularities in the kitchen of the governor's mansion.

At the time of Schneider's departure, a spokesman for the McDonnell administration told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the administration did not perform a background check on Schneider, as it had done for other so-called "at will" political appointees.

In 2000, Schneider was found guilty of petty larceny embezzlement and received a suspended sentence.

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