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Va. governor repays state for items given to kids

Monday - 7/8/2013, 6:50pm  ET

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell has reimbursed the state nearly $2,400 for food and supplies taken by his children from the Virginia Executive Mansion kitchen.

Most of the items were given to three McDonnell children when they returned to college after weekend or holiday visits. In a memo accompanying the check, McDonnell says his lawyer has advised him that the practice is not prohibited by state guidelines and may have been customary for governors with college-age children.

Virginia Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider has accused the governor's family of wrongdoing for taking items from the kitchen. Schneider made the allegations in court papers as he fights four felony counts of embezzlement for allegedly taking food from the mansion. A judge took under advisement a motion to dismiss those charges Monday.

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