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Fees Rack Up in Executive Mansion Chef Case

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Legal fees are racking up in the now infamous embezzlement case against former Virginia executive mansion chef Todd Schneider.

The state has spent almost $250,000 on private counsel to represent state employees in the case.

Schneider is accused of stealing food and other items from the governor's mansion. He also alerted authorities to Governor Bob McDonnell's relationship with wealthy campaign donor Jonnie Williams, leading to state and federal investigations.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli would normally prosecute Schneider, and represent state employees in their official capacities, but recused himself earlier this year due to the inherent conflict of interest, leading the state to hire outside counsel.

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