NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) –Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot is out on bond Friday after he was served eight federal indictments for public corruption.
“This a false accusation,” said Burfoot’s attorney Andrew Sacks. “It appears that people that do not have Anthony Burfoot’s best interest at heart have said things that are not true.”
The FBI began looking into Burfoot early last year. Federal Investigators say he used his power as Vice Mayor and City Treasurer in exchange for money and gifts. The Feds say he also lied under oath about the investigation.
“He is presumed to be innocent,” Sacks added. “He’s not been convicted of anything. These are just paper accusations.”
There have been rumors of this day for weeks. Norfolk City Council members are sad it ended like this.
“I’m shocked and disappointed,” said Norfolk Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves. “I did not expect anything like this. Anthony has always brought great ideas to the council, been very passionate about his work and his ward so I’m really taken back.”
“It upsets me and it angers me,” added Norfolk City Councilman Andrew Protogyrou. “It’s unfortunate, but we have to continue to let the people know that those of use that are in office have worked very hard to continue to maintain that trust.”
Burfoot and his attorney tell 10 On Your Side they plan to come out swinging. His next court date will be January 20. He is out on bond on personal recognizance.
“We are prepared to fight everything,” Sacks said.
10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks asked Burfoot if he plans to be at work Monday. He said yes and had no plans of stepping down.