Gov. Bob McDonnell isn’t happy about news reports that suggest he hasn’t reimbursed the state for his family’s personal expenses.
In remarks after a public appearance Monday at St. Joseph’s Villa in Henrico County, McDonnell called some of the published allegations “false” and “misleading.”
“Some of these stories are highly misleading and disappointing,” he said.
The first family’s use of the Executive Mansion also has been called into question as part of a criminal prosecution of former mansion chef Todd Schneider, who has been charged with four counts of embezzlement for allegedly taking state-paid food for use in his personal catering business.
Court documents filed by Schneider’s attorneys suggest he was allowed to take excess food as in-kind payment for unreimbursed services. The documents also suggest the McDonnell family did not fully reimburse the state for personal expenses it charged to the mansion.
McDonnell said he has followed the same practices as previous governors in reimbursing personal expenses for him and his family that are not allowed to be paid by the state under its procurement policies.
“The way things work, there’s always been a reimbursement system,” he said. “I get my periodic bill and I pay it.”
McDonnell did not specify which stories or publications he found misleading. The governor and his wife, Maureen, have come under increasing public scrutiny since news reports in early April that a business executive with close ties to the first family had paid $15,000 toward the wedding reception for Cailin McDonnell at the Executive Mansion in June 2011.
The executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr., is president and CEO of Star Scientific Inc., a Glen Allen-based company that is under federal investigation for possible violations of securities law.