The fallout continues from a shocking set of claims leveled by Todd Schneider, the former Executive Chef at Virginia's Governor's Mansion.
On Monday we outlined the claims in a lengthy response to the debate over the motion to dismiss the embezzlement charges leveled against Schneider. The Chef and his attorney Steve Benjamin are attempting to flip the argument against the McDonnell family. They claim it was the McDonnell's that committed the crime by asking him to do things outside the scope of his job.
It brings into focus the often murky responsibilities at the Executive Mansion and the responsibilities the staff there has to attend to the Governor and his family's personal and private needs.
We obtained the official job description of the Executive Chef and compared that to the claims in the court document.
Here is my story for NBC12:
RICHMOND (WWBT)- Todd Schneider - Virginia's former Executive Chef, is trying to turn the tables on the Governor's family. Though he's facing embezzlement charges-- Schneider claims the McDonnell Family are the ones who committed a crime.
We requested the Executive Chef's official job description through the Freedom of Information Act. It may surprise you what Todd Schneider signed up to do for $57-thousand a year.
It is perhaps the fanciest public housing in Virginia- a perk of being elected to the Commonwealth's highest office. The Executive Mansion comes with a staff, who attends to both the private and public needs of the first family.
In documents filed in support of his motion to dismiss his charges Todd Schneider accuses the McDonnell's of using him as their "personal shopper" and "private caterer".
But in his official job description, it clearly states that the Chef is responsible to "obtain needed items from the grocery store and stocking the family kitchen as needed".
He also claims his taxpayer funded labor was used for "private and personal use". His job description points out that the chef prepares food for all events, including meals hosted by the Governor and First Lady.. ..and other special needs."
The fine line over when taxpayer funding stops- and the McDonnell family begins to pick up the tab, is unclear. Schneider believes they crossed that line, a charge McDonnell rejects.
"There are purchases that are made by the mansion staff and I get a periodic bill and every bill I have received I've made payment," McDonnell said in an interview with NBC12 last week.
read and see the full story on NBC12.com
You can compare the two documents for yourself.
Click here to see the court filing by Schneider and his attorneys.
Click here to see the official job description of the Executive Chef.