City Official Convicted of Taking Developers' Bribes

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a city official in Norfolk, Virginia, of taking bribes to help businessmen.

Friday’s corruption verdict means that 49-year-old Anthony Burfoot faces up to 90 years in prison, although he’ll likely get far less, the Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/2glz8M1).

Burfoot is Norfolk’s treasurer but previously served on city council and as deputy treasurer.

Prosecutors allege that Burfoot got more than $400,000 for favorable votes and other assistance on development projects. And developers testified that they gave Burfoot cash, a luxury automobile and use of a beach house. Bank records showed he deposited $56,000 in cash over five years.

Burfoot denied wrongdoing. He said on the witness stand that he never took any money and always voted for what he thought was in the city’s best interest.

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