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Governor's former chef charged with embezzlement

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The former head chef at the Governor's Mansion was indicted on four embezzlement charges.

Chef Todd Schneider, 52, was booted from his job as Governor McDonnell's top chef in 2012. He was operating a catering business while he was working at the Governor's Mansion.

According to Virginia State Police, Schneider now lives in Sarasota, Florida. But the charges stem back to his actions in Virginia in 2011 and 2012.

Schneider's catering business site can still be found online. On the website, it boasts of his recent celebrity clients, Donald Trump and Steven Spielberg. Now, Schneider is accused of stealing from the Commonwealth while on the job.

His attorney, Steve Benjamin, says Schneider wasn't arrested. He turned himself in to the authorities Thursday morning.

"Mr. Schneider continues to cooperate and provide information to the authorities as he has since his inquiries starting from February 12," said Benjamin.

According to court records, the embezzlement occurred on or around July, September and December of 2011, and in January of 2012. All four of the charges involve values of $200 or more.

The Executive Mansion did release a statement late this evening, but only to say they are aware of the indictment. They said this is a legal matter and Virginia State Police is handling the issue.

Officials with the Virginia State Police say the investigation isn't over and won't reveal how much Schneider is accused of embezzling. Nor would his attorney explain, except to say that his client will remain truthful to the authorities.

"He looks forward to resolving all questions in this matter consistent with the truth of what happened and why," said Benjamin.

Schneider's next court date is scheduled for May 2, his attorney will be there but he will not. He was given the ok, since he now lives in Florida.

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