- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RICHMOND — Richmond’s top prosecutor is looking into gifts to Gov. Bob McDonnell in an investigation requested by Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Mr. Cuccinelli sent a letter last November to Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring appointing him to review Mr. McDonnell’s statements of economic interest. Mr. Herring disclosed Mr. Cuccinelli’s request, but refused to provide the letter or details of his investigation.

Former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider claims he told federal and state investigators last summer about gifts a wealthy businessman gave Mr. McDonnell and his family. Mr. Schneider is facing embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing from the mansion’s kitchen.

Mr. Cuccinelli also asked Mr. Herring last month to examine his own financial filings after amending them to include gifts from the same donor.

The FBI also is investigating gifts to the McDonnells.

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