Burfoot turns himself in to U.S. Marshals

13News Now Jemie Lee has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Suspended Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot turned himself in to U.S. Marshals Wednesday afternoon.

Burfoot, who was sentenced to six years in federal prison for corruption and perjury, surrendered about 25 minutes before the 2 p.m. deadline.

A judge handed down the sentence on April 17

Prosecutors said Burfoot solicited money, car payments, and other items of value, in exchange for favors during his time on city council. Burfoot also has to forfeit $250,000 to the federal government.

Wearing a black sweat suit Wednesday, Burfoot had a calm demeanor and was less emotional than he was at his sentencing.

He said he spent the time in between taking care of his mother, making sure that she had everything she needed. Burfoot also spent time with his children.

 

 

He still maintained his innocence as he spoke to reporters outside of the federal courthouse.

"I was not going to plead to something I did not do. I still stand on my faith, and I still stand on my truth," said Burfoot. I respect the process. I respect the judicial system. I still love this city, but I will continue to fight. I will spend my very last breath clearing my name and clearing my father's name, because I know I've done absolutely nothing wrong."

Burfoot's attorney, Andrew Sacks, is appealing the case.

There is an effort to kick the suspended Norfolk city treasurer out of office officially.

Lawyer Ron Batliner filed a motion Tuesday to do that. Batliner also was the man who pushed for the suspension. Sacks said he will resist the motion.

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