Testimony continues in Anthony Burfoot trial

13News Now Marcella Robertson has the story

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Norfolk city treasurer Anthony Burfoot's trial continued Thursday with former developer Dwight Etheridge on the stand.

Burfoot is accused of taking nearly half a million dollars in bribes from the now defunct development company Tivest. A company Etheridge was the president of.

Etheridge's younger brother, Curtis, took the stand yesterday.

Both brothers testified they gave Burfoot hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash over the course of several years. They described how they would wine and dine Burfoot in upscale restaurants in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. They claim they footed the bill for major renovations at Burfoot's Norfolk home.

The eldest Etheridge brother told the jury he gave Burfoot a Mercedes Benz to guarantee Burfoot kept up his end of the deal.

In exchange, both brothers say Burfoot would provide tax payer funded projects to them and "set the table" for everything to happen.

Dwight Etheridge told the jury it was greed that got the best of him and he should have known better.

Etheridge testified he told Councilman Paul Riddick about his questionable dealings with Burfoot back in 2010 with the hope Riddick would take that information to the Mayor. Nothing ever happened though.

Burfoot's defense attorney painted the younger Etheridge brother out to be a liar, saying he only came forward to help himself out.

Sacks provided evidence of checks Burfoot wrote to Tivest to show he had paid for some parts of the house renovations.

Dwight Etheridge is currently serving a four year prison sentence after he was convicted during the Bank of the Commonwealth trial. He testified Thursday with a tan suit jacket over a prison jumpsuit.

His brother Curtis also has a criminal history, but the jury wasn't allowed to hear about that.


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