The former vice mayor of Norfolk was indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption charges Friday for allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and gifts in exchange for supporting development projects, including a strip club, and then lying about it under oath.
Anthony L. Burfoot, 48, who also served as a city councilman and treasurer, solicited car payments, home appliances and more from two developers between 2005 and 2011, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
In one instance, the indictment alleges Burfoot voted to transfer city land to a developer at a nominal cost and allocate public funds for infrastructure improvements. In another instance, Burfoot allegedly agreed to round up the votes necessary for the second developer to open a strip club.
The indictment alleges Burfoot then lied under oath about taking the cash and gifts during a trial.
If Burfoot is found guilty, he faces a maximum of 20 years in jail.