Guilty: Norfolk City Treasurer convicted of public corruption and perjury

Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot (Photo courtesy Norfolk City Treasurer's office)
Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony Burfoot (Photo courtesy Norfolk City Treasurer’s office)

Norfolk City Treasurer Anthony L. Burfoot could spend up to 20 years in federal prison for public corruption and perjury.

Burfoot, 48, was convicted by a federal jury on Friday of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right, obtaining property under color of official right and perjury.

From 2005 to 2011, Burfoot took bribes from local developers in the form of cash, free home renovations, a Mercedes sedan, new kitchen appliances and a $25,000 payment to the mother of his children, according to documents filed in the Eastern District Court of Virginia.

In exchange, Burfoot authorized city fund spending and ordinances to benefit the developers, including the promise to get city council votes for the approval of a strip club in Norfolk that would have been owned by local developer Thomas Arney, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Burfoot also had inappropriate relationships with managers of Tivest Development. The managers paid him hundreds of thousands of dollars to vote for city ordinances that financially benefited the company.

Burfoot also lied under oath by claiming in a federal trial that he never accepted or asked for bribes in exchange for political action, the release states.

“Public corruption strikes at the heart of democracy and erodes public confidence in government,” said Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.  “Anthony Burfoot violated the sacred trust we place in our elected officials and in doing so his greed eclipsed his vision for building up his own community.”

Burfoot is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17, 2017.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.