Ex-chef at Va. gov's mansion pleads no contest

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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2013 12:00 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The former chef at the Virginia governor's mansion pleaded no contest Wednesday to reduced charges that he stole food from the first family's kitchen and was ordered to repay the state $2,300, ending a politically embarrassing case that was headed to trial weeks before the state's hotly contested governor's race.

Todd Schneider, 52, had been charged with four felony embezzlement counts but they were reduced to two misdemeanor charges under a plea agreement approved by Richmond Circuit Judge Margaret Spencer. She suspended 6-month jail sentences for each count and ordered him to repay the state for the taxpayer-paid provisions.

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