The shocking indictment (pdf) and surprise guilty plea of Norfolk developer Ronnie Boone virtually guarantees that Anthony Burfoot, current Norfolk Treasurer and former council member, is going to jail.
Burfoot’s trial is scheduled to start on November 7. Wanna bet he pleads out before then? In exchange, of course, for identifying and giving dirt on the others in Norfolk who have engaged in a conspiracy to defraud Norfolk voters. Here’s the key paragraph from the Boone indictment on this (emphasis mine):
From in or about March 2004 through in or about December 2014, the exact dates being unknown, in Norfolk, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, defendant RONALD W. BOONE, SR., Anthony Burfoot and others, known and unknown, knowingly and intentionally combined, conspired, confederated and agreed together with each other to commit an offense against the United States, to wit: honest services wire fraud, that is, having devised and intending to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the citizens of the City of Norfolk of their right to honest services of a City Councilman and a Treasurer through bribery, to transmit and cause to be transmitted by means of wire, radio and television communication in interstate commerce any writings, signs, signals, pictures and sounds for the purpose of execution of such scheme and artifice to defraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1343 and 1346.
Get your popcorn ready. A few more shoes yet to drop.