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Legal Bills Mount For Case Involving Former Chef At Virginia Governor's Mansion

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New billings show that taxpayers have now paid more than $570,000 for legal bills related to a criminal case involving the former chef at Virginia's governor's mansion and a related gift-giving investigation.

The additional legal fees are for two private firms retained by the state attorney general's office to represent Gov. Bob McDonnell in his official capacity. The counsel was also provided to his office and state employees.

The latest legal bills cover work performed in July, August and September. The bill for that stretch was $331,165. That is atop more than $243,000 previously billed the state.

McDonnell has hired his own team of private lawyers being paid for through a legal defense fund set up for the governor. No tax dollars are being spent on that.


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