Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory Underwood will now handle the state embezzlement case of a former Executive Mansion chef.
A hearing in Richmond Circuit Court Thursday could mean more trouble for Virginia’s Governor, whose relationship with a Richmond-area businessman is the subject of an FBI investigation.
It could also have implications for his fellow Republican, attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, who will ask to be excused from the case.
The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating a Richmond area company that makes face cream and nutritional supplements.
It’s called Star Scientific, and a complaint was filed in federal district court alleging the firm made false and misleading statements and failed to disclose potentially illegal transactions.
The company says it has done nothing wrong.
Meanwhile, reporters are finding links between Star Scientific and two of Virginia’s top political leaders – Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.
Virginia attorneys general would have the power to investigate and prosecute violations of election laws under legislation that has been approved by the state Senate.