Judge sets bond for Justin French

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Prominent Richmond developer Justin French was arraigned Monday morning in Richmond City General District Court.

The judge set his bond at $150,000.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli assigned two special prosecutors to handle the case:   Senior Assistant Attorney General Patrick Dorgan and Assistant Attorney General Shannon Dion.

Virginia State Police arrested French, 39, Friday morning at Richmond International Airport and he has been charged with eight counts of forging public documents and one count of writing a bad check.

The charges stem from an ongoing criminal investigation.

IRS and FBI agents raided French's Shockoe Slip real estate offices on August 5. Agents were seen going through documents and hauling off boxes and computers on East Cary Street. An FBI spokesperson would not say why agents are investigating French.

French has renovated several city buildings using historic tax credits. Questions about the use of those credits has delayed several projects.

French will be back in court in November.

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