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Governor's Chef Back in Court Tuesday in Embezzlement Case

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    The politically charged embezzlement case against a former Virginia Executive Mansion chef is back before a Richmond judge Tuesday.

    Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer is scheduled to consider a motion this afternoon to dismiss the four-count indictment against Todd Schneider on Tuesday. The case is entangled with a growing political scandal involving a wealthy businessman's gifts to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Gov. Bob McDonnell. Schneider also has alleged unspecified wrongdoing by the governor and his family.

    Schneider said the case against him is so tainted that it should be dismissed. He also claims he has evidence Goveror Bob McDonnell and his family broke the law.

    Cuccinelli's office withdrew as prosecutor in the case, citing a conflict of interests because a possible witness has helped raise funds for his gubernatorial campaign. Defense attorney Steve Benjamin says that conflict and others have tainted the entire case, and dismissal is the only proper remedy.

    Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood has been appointed special prosecutor.