Norfolk treasurer's corruption trial continues

13News Now Marcella Robertson has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Testimony continued today in day seven of the corruption trial for Norfolk treasurer Anthony Burfoot.

An FBI agent took the stand to testify about Burfoot's phone records dating all the way back to 2007. The agent compared his phone records to crucial votes regarding Tivest involved projects. During one period of time where council was discussing the Midtown Officer Tower Project, the FBI says there were 54 phone calls between Burfoot and Dwight Etheridge, former Tivest President.

On the day of the final vote to approve the Midtown Officer Tower project, Burfoot and Etheridge spoke both immediately before and after the votes, according to phone records.

On the day council voted to approved a special exception for a restaurant Mojo Bones, the FBI says Burfoot had six phone conversations with developer Ronnie Boone Sr.

Boone, who is expected to testify against Burfoot this afternoon, pleaded guilty in September to charges of bribery and bank fraud after an indictment alleged he secretly provided cash, gifts and other things of value to Burfoot in exchange for Burfoot performing specific official actions and other official actions on an as-needed basis.

We also heard from two former employees with the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Both testified they complained to their supervisors about the amount of input and oversight Burfoot had in the Broad Creek Villlas project.

Burfoot's defense attorney Andrew Sacks tried to poke holes in their testimony, hammering in the fact that Burfoot only wanted the best for that project and all projects in his ward. 


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